<i>Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (Where the Ganges Flows)</i>. 1951. India. Directed by Radhu Karmakar. Image courtesy of Indian International Film Academy
  • Where the Ganges Flows

    1951. India. Radhu Karmakar. 167 min.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

  • Where the Ganges Flows

    1951. India. Directed by Radhu Karmakar. A controversial entry in the Kapoor canon, this film (nominally directed by Karmakar, the studio’s cinematographer-in-residence) marked Kapoor’s final direct incarnation of his tramp character, and the first time he was not paired with the actress Nargis. Raju, a pilgrim to the river Ganges, is lured from his religious observances by a tomboyish (yet scantily clad) female bandit. Ardently pursuing her, he bumbles into a bandit encampment, where he attempts to convert the brigands into latter-day Robin Hoods. Kapoor’s performance is a constant question mark: Is he indeed a fool or is it a put-on, an act to win the lady through charm? While expressed in borderline simplistic terms, Raju’s homilies reflect Gandhi’s teachings on bringing nonviolent change to the countryside. In any event, the film is hilarious, and it is Kapoor’s cleverest use of (often charmingly raunchy) double entendres. In Hindi; English subtitles. 167 min.

In the Film exhibition Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

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