Saptapadi
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Directed byAjoy Kar
Written byTarasankar Bandyopadhyay
Screenplay byAjoy Kar
Produced byUttam Kumar
StarringSuchitra Sen
Uttam Kumar
Chhabi Biswas
Chaya Debi
CinematographyAjoy Kar
Music byHemanta Mukherjee
Distributed byChayabani Productions Pvt Ltd
Release date
  • 20 October 1961 (1961-10-20)
Running time
163 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageBengali

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.

Plot

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.

The film was adapted from Tarashankar's 1958 novel Saptapadi. In the novel's ending Krishendu dies, but in the film ending Krishnendu doesn't die and again joins with Rina Brown.

Cast

(in alphabetical order)

Production

Shooting commenced started in late 1960. 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. [1]

Music

Saptapadi
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Soundtrack album by
Released1961
Recorded1961
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length0:11:11
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
ProducerAlochhaya Productions Pvt Ltd
Hemant Kumar chronology
Punashcha
(1961)
Saptapadi
(1961)
Sathi Hara
(1961)
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

Saptapadi's music was directed by Hemant Kumar, with lyrics by Gauriprasanna Mazumder.[2] The song "Ei Path Jodi Na" was sung by Hemanta for Kumar, and by Sandha for Sen.

Soundtrack

Track Title Artist Lyricist Notes
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

Released

The film was released at Durga Puja on 20 October 1961.

Awards

References

  1. ^ "সুচিত্রার জেদের কাছে হার মেনেই 'সপ্তপদী'তে ইস্টবেঙ্গল জার্সি পরেছিলেন উত্তম" (in Bengali). 3 September 2021. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Saptapadi – Film Album" (in Bengali). Saregama Bengali – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "9th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  4. ^ "3rd Moscow International Film Festival (1963)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2012.