The film's story tells of two childhood friends, Bhulwa (Saigal) and Manju (Kanan Devi), who grow up to become street singers in Calcutta. Bhulwa dreams of becoming a stage star but it is Manju who succeeds. At the height of her fame Manju almost forgets Bhulwa until at the end - in an obviously symbolic landscape (literally showing a boat washed ashore in a storm) the two are united.
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Despite playback recording being in vogue at the time, K.L. Saigal (who sang for himself) convinced director Phani Majumdar that the song 'Babul mora...' should be recorded live while it was being filmed. Saigal sang it on the streets with the entire orchestra playing as the song was being filmed for the movie. Read More