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NFAI acquires Dupe Negative of Suraiya starrer Bari Behen (1949)

 


Pune: February 15,2017

National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune is jubilant to add the cinematic gem Bari Behen (1949) to its ever-growing collection. Produced and directed by D. D. Kashyap, the Hindi film features the star cast of Suraiya, Geeta Bali, Rehman, Ullas, Pran and Baby Tabassum.

The film features memorable music composed by Husnlal-Bhagatram, with lyrics by Rajinder Krishna & Qamar Jalalabadi. The song “Chup Chup Khade Ho” sung by Lata Mangeshkar is a classic!

The film (in duplicate negative) was received from Pune resident Ms. Radhika S. Pai, daughter-in-law of Shri. Baburao Pai, a renowned film distributor. Young Baburao Pai had started a film distribution office in Karachi and later joined Saraswati Cinetone and Prabhat Film Company as a partner. He went on to found his own film company Famous Pictures. Bari Behen is the first film made under the Famous Pictures banner.

Speaking about the acquisition, Shri. Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI said, “We are thankful to Ms. Radhika Pai for contributing towards the preservation of the country’s cinematic heritage. We appeal to the public to submit such rare, archival material and join us in our mission to preserve India’s heritage”.

 

About Bari Behen:

The film is the story of two sisters, Shama (Suraiya) and Kiran (Geeta Bali).  It revolves around the stark realities of life that are sometimes more significant than a life of love and romance. To fulfill the last wishes of their deceased parents, Shama becomes a house help so that her sister Kiran can receive education, even sacrificing her only chance at finding love.

 

Source- NFAI

 
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