• Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

“Madhumati” is a classic Hindi film from 1958, directed by and starring and in lead roles. The film is a romantic musical drama that also features elements of supernatural mystery.

Here is a brief synopsis of the film:

On his way to meet his fiancée, Devendra () gets lost in the forest and takes refuge in an abandoned mansion, where he begins to experience strange occurrences and has vivid dreams of a woman he has never met before. As he begins to investigate the mystery surrounding the mansion and its former inhabitants, he discovers a tragic love story that has been kept hidden for many years.

“Madhumati” was a commercial and critical success and is considered a classic of Indian cinema. The film won several awards and was also the first Indian film to receive the prestigious Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Here are some of the awards won by “Madhumati”:

  • National Film Award (1958): Best Feature Film in Hindi
  • Filmfare Awards (1959):
    • Best Film
    • Best Director ()
    • Best Actor ()
    • Best Music Director (Salil Chowdhury)
    • Best Art Direction (Sudhendu Roy)
  • Cannes Film Festival (1958): Grand Prix (International Prize of the Jury)

“Madhumati” is known for its haunting melodies, beautiful cinematography, and strong performances, particularly by and . The film's themes of love, betrayal, and reincarnation have also made it a timeless classic that continues to be beloved by audiences today.

Directed by
Produced by Productions
Screenplay by Ritwik Ghatak
Story by Ritwik Ghatak
Starring ,
Music by Salil Chowdhury
Cinematography Dilip Gupta
Edited by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Release date September 12, 1958
Running time 166 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est.₹8.1 million
Box office est.₹40 million

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