Dancer Sadhona Bose made her feature debut in Modhu Bose's acclaimed musical. Vidyavinode's play, first staged in 1897 by the Classic Theatre with Nripen Basu and Kusum Kumari, remained one of the most popular pre-WW1 Bengali plays. It tells of the Baghdadi woodcutter Alibaba (M. Bose) and his magic 'Open Sesame' formula; of the hero's jealous brother Kasim and of the slave girl Marjina (S. Bose). The film adapts the Calcutta Art Player's orientalist stage version, giving it a Hollywood-derived exotic flavour. An improvised 'modern' dance is inserted, Sadhona Bose's trademark due to her theatrical work with composer Timir Baran. The slow mannered acting and the frontally framed tableau shots are enlivened by the dance scenes, esp. the Marjina-Abdallah sequence which long set the standard for film musicals (cf. Lila Desai's dance in <a href="http://indiancine.ma/CGY/info">Bidyapati, 1937</a>). The surviving copy is probably incomplete.
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