|Directed by||Ajoy Kar|
|Written by||Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay|
|Screenplay by||Ajoy Kar|
|Based on||Saptapadi novel by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay|
|Produced by||Uttam Kumar|
|Cinematography||Kanai De, Ajoy Kar|
|Edited by||Ardhendu Chatterjee, Amiya Mukherjee|
|Music by||Hemanta Mukherjee|
|Distributed by||Chayabani Productions Pvt Ltd|
Saptapadi (transl. Seven Steps) is a 1961 Indian Bengali-language romantic drama film by Ajoy Kar, starring Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, Chhabi Biswas and Chhaya Debi. Music direction and playback singing for Kumar voice was by Hemanta Mukherjee and in Sen's voice by Sandhya Mukherjee. The story is based on a 1958 novel by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay. This is regarded as one of the greatest romantic film in the history of Bengali cinema.
The film become highest grossing Bengali film in 1961.
The story takes place in pre-independence India (early 1940) when young Indian students were competing equally with Anglo-Indians in all fields, whether it be education or sports. Krishnendu (Uttam Kumar), a young Bengali Hindu medical student falls in love with an equally talented and attractive Anglo-Indian Christian woman named Rina Brown (Suchitra Sen). Both are students at the Calcutta Medical College and become close while meeting at many sports and cultural events. There is an interesting rendition of Othello within the movie; that portion of the movie was directed by Utpal Dutt. However marriage is not on the cards for them due to their differences in religion, (it is particularly opposed by Krishnendu's dad, a staunch, conservative Hindu), and they go their own ways only to unexpectedly meet again later in life.
Most of the movie is presented in flashbacks with Krishnendu pondering over the past after unexpectedly encountering a drunk and passed out Rina in a military hospital in returns.
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The film was adapted from Tarashankar's 1958 novel Saptapadi. In the novel's ending Krishendu dies, but for the audience point of view in the film ending Krishnendu doesn't die and again joins with Rina Brown because Bengali audience not accepted Uttam Suchitra separation.
Shooting commenced started in late 1959. But during the production Uttam's father is died. So film shooting was stopped. Later again in late 1960s shooting started again. This was the second film after Harano Sur produced by Uttam Kumar under his banner Alochaya Production along with Ajoy Kar. Suchitra Sen was again cast in the Rina Brown role. For the film Kumar and Sen practiced dance and reading Shakespeare. The Othello play scene in the film had Kumar's voice-over by Utpal Dutta and Sen's voice-over by Jennifer Kapoor.
Kumar was a Mohun Bagan football fan, and in the football match scene he wanted to play in a Mohun Bagan jersey, but there was none available. He played instead in an East Bengal jersey.
The famous bike sequence from the song Ei Path Jodi Na Sesh Hoe Uttam and Suchitra did not ride the bike at all that day. The BMW bike on which this song was shot was not on the star duo ar all. Vetaran film critic Swapan Kumar Mallick unearths the famous scene in his book Mahanayak Revisited : The World of Uttam Kumar said the director Ajay Kar manipulated the close-up shots to shoot the bike scene. Multiple dummies were used in long shots. Uttam Suchitra didn't ride that BMW bike.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|Producer||Alochhaya Productions Pvt Ltd|
|Hemant Kumar chronology|
Saptapadi's music was directed by Hemant Kumar, with lyrics by Gauriprasanna Mazumder. The song "Ei Path Jodi Na" was sung by Hemanta for Kumar, and by Sandha for Sen.
|1||Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoy (If This Path Does Not End)||Hemant Kumar and Sandhya Mukherjee||Gauriprasanna Mazumder|
|2||Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoy (If This Path Does Not End)||Sandhya Mukherjee||Gauriprasanna Mazumder||Repeated. Sandhya Mukherjee's solo|
|3||On The Merry Go Round||Suzi Miller||Gauriprasanna Mazumder|
During the advance booking there was long queue and police was lathi charged for the craze. The film was released at Durga Puja on 20 October 1961. There was huge craze for the film because this was the comeback of Uttam-Suchitra pair more than two years after Chaoa Pawa in 1959.
The film was massive success at the box office and breaking all the previous records. It's become all-time blockbuster and ran for 105 days in theater and collected over four times more from the budget. The film become highest grossing Bengali film in 1961.
Saptapadi entered in Moscow Film Festival in July 1963 with english subtitle as Seven Steps and nominated for Grand Pix Award.
The song Ei Path Jodi Na Sesh Hoe become evergreen blast hit and most popular romantic song in the history of Bengali cinema and the iconic bike sequence from that song remembering as one of the greatest romantic scenes ever. The song still popular among the bengali audience and used many cultural event and social issues.