#61 #DoBighaZamin #Scriptors100BestFilms
What happens when a true artist of one place gets inspired from the work of another true artist? A blend of art comes out that expresses the similarities of two cultures and tells how the world is so different yet the stories are so similar.
Of course it is true that #BimalRoy’s #DoBighaZamin is strongly influenced by Vittorio de Sica’s neorealist classic “Bicycle Thieves” But De Sica’s film has influenced virtually every filmmaker ever since the day it first appeared. It is a crucial reference in world cinema and will probably always remain one.
But Do Bigha Zamin written by #SalilChaudhary is no less than a master piece for world cinema. Evidently socialist in it’s theme Do Bigha Zamin explores the struggle of Shambhu (Balraj Sahni) and his family for saving their land from a landowner who wants to establish a factory in the village and Shambhu’s land is the only patch which the owner do not own and needs it badly. But Shambu own a sum of money from him and finally he have to give it back within two months. This embarks a journey of father and son towards the city of Culcutta where their struggles leads to the test of their integrity and morality.
DBZ can easily be considered as some sort of real chronicle of Indian Farmers and their real struggles and the sad part is that a movie released almost 60 years ago is still relevant in the world power like India. With all the aspects it simply signifies the reasons of increasing gap between the poor and rich in India. As Gandhi said, “It not about getting country free from British but it’s about getting right governance or self governance – Swaraj”. Sadly that still remains a dream. Still farmers are committing suicides and still loads of farmers are moving to the cities and leaving the work of farming in the country where the whole economy was once based on farming.
Even the cities are not the place for the moralistic, simplistic and poor Shambhu. City turns out to be a place which we all can co-relate even more.
In DBZ when finally Shambu lost his land to the Zamindar, his family is standing beyond the fence and looking at the factory. He picks up the piece of his land and wants to run away when he got caught by the guard of the factory to the and he terms him as a thief.
Bimal Da’s Do Bigha Zameen will always be considered as classic not only because of it’s hard hitting theme of societial structure of India but also because of it’s utterly simplistic treatment and honest performances by the leads which haunts you even after ages passed.