বড়দিদি | Sandhyarani - Uttam Kumar in BARDIDI (1957) Old Bengali Classic Film

Uttam Kumar and Sandhyarani

Uttam Kumar plays Suren and Sandhyarani plays Madhabi in the 1957 vintage Bangla movie adaptation of Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay's 1907 story "Bardidi" directed by Ajoy Kar. The black-and-white Bengali film also stars Jiben Bose, Menaka Devi, Manju Dey, Dipti Roy, Chhabi Biswas, Anup Kumar, Pahadi Sanyal, Chhaya Devi, Nripati Chatterjee, Tulsi Chakraborty, Dhiraj Bhattacharya and more.

Bardidi released under the banner of Sarat Bani Chitra in Radha, Purna, Prachi and other Kolkata cinema halls in January of 1957.

Sharatchandra grossly underestimated his writing abilities, and Bardidi - a tale of a girl married off and widowed long before becoming a woman - was published in the Bengali magazine Bharati in 1913 by a well-wisher using a pseudonym since the author did not authorize the publication. It turned out the whole of Bengal would erupt in appreciation and Saratchandra Chatterji would become a celebrity when his real name as the writer was revealed.

Uttam Kumar's character Suren is the son of the rich and influential lawyer and zamindar (landlord) in Pabna district (now in Bangladesh) played by Pahadi Sanyal. Suren, however, wants to make his own life and takes up the job of private tutor for a girl whose elder sister Madhabi is the ill-fated widowed-as-a-girl woman who lives in the same house with their father (Chhobi Biswas).

Suren, however, neglects his duties as the tutor and eventually returns to his rich family, marries (Dipti Roy plays Suren's wife) and after the death of his father, delegates the management of his estate to a trusted manager (played by Dhiraj Bhattacharya). But Suren never forgets that Madhabi had come to visit him when he was hospitalized with grave illness.

In the meanwhile, Madhabi's luck runs out as her sister-in-law drives her out of the house, and the land owned by her husband is also captured by Zamindar Suren's manager due to defaults on loan payments. When Madhabi is stranded with nowhere to go, Suren hears of her predicament, returns the land and takes him upon himself to travel on horseback to give her the news himself. The story ends with another tragedy - Suren dies over that journey.

Bardidi (1957) Bangla Movie DVD
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  • Abhaya O Sreekanta / Kamal Lata / Paresh [3 Disc Pack] DVD
  • Atal Jaler Awhan DVD  (1962)
  • Atal Jaler Awhan VCD  (1962)
  • Bardidi VCD  (1957)
  • Barnali VCD  (1963)
  • Barnali DVD  (1963)
  • Bhranti Bilash / Paresh [2 in 1] DVD
  • Bisha Brikha VCD  (1984)
  • Harano Sur VCD  (1957)
  • Harano Sur DVD  (1957)
  • Harano Sur DVD  (1957)
  • Harano Sur / Alo Amar Alo [2 in 1] DVD
  • Harano Sur / Bhranti Bilash [2 in 1] DVD
  • Jighangsha VCD  (1951)
  • Jighangsha DVD  (1951)
  • Kanch Kata Hire DVD  (1965)
  • Kanch Kata Hire VCD  (1965)
  • Kayahiner Kahini VCD  (1973)
  • Khelaghar VCD  (1959)
  • Khelaghar DVD  (1959)
  • Madhuban VCD  (1988)
  • Magic Moments of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar - Vol 2 (Harano Sur / Chinnapatra / Raja Saja) [3 DVD Pack] DVD
  • Paresh DVD  (1955)
  • Paresh VCD  (1955)
  • President Award Winning Films of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Harano Sur / Nishi Padma / Jatugriha) [3 DVD Pack] DVD
  • Romantic Legends - Uttam Kumar - Suchitra (Harano Sur / Alo Amar Alo / Grihadaha / Kamal Lata) [4 DVD Pack] DVD
  • Saat Pake Bandha DVD  (1963)
  • Saat Pake Bandha VCD  (1963)
  • Saptapadi DVD  (1961)
  • Saptapadi VCD  (1961)
  • Shyamali VCD  (1956)
  • Shyamali DVD  (1956)
  • Suno Baranari VCD  (1960)
  • Suno Baranari DVD  (1960)