2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Indian cinema’s finest directors, Bimal Roy. To mark the occasion, IFFLA is proud to present a restored version of one of Roy’s most beloved classics.
As they celebrate the first birthday of their daughter Rama, men from a local village bring a baby girl to the home of government engineer Upendra and his wife Charu. The baby’s parents were “untouchables” and both died from cholera, leaving the girl an orphan with no one willing to take her in. Being of high Brahmin castes, Upendra and Charu reluctantly agree to take in the baby and eventually give her a name: Sujata.
In a powerful portrayal and denunciation of the caste discrimination that destroyed so many lives, Roy tells a story about real people struggling with social expectations and bigotry and the feelings of love and compassion that bind us together. Showcasing memorable performances by Sunil Dutt and Nutan with moving music by composer S.D. Burman, SUJATA premiered at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. Along with celebrating the new wave of Indian filmmakers, IFFLA is honored to pay tribute to a classic of Indian cinema.
- Bimal Roy
Bimal Roy, the “Silent master of Indian Cinema”, was one of the most influential Indian filmmakers of the 1940s and 50s. Originally working in the Bengali film industry, Roy moved to Bombay where he made a number of commercial Hindi films. A leader of the Parallel Cinema movement, Roy’s films were known for their social realism and commitment to social change. Winner of multiple Filmfare and National Film Awards and the International Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Roy died in 1966 at the age of 56.