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Charandas Chor (1975)

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The film is derived from a classic folktale, originally narrated by Vijaydan Detha, and interpreted as a folk play by Habib Tanvir. The film charts the tumultuous life of a petty thief, ... See full summary »

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Shyam Benegal

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Shyam Benegal, Vijayadan Detha (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lalu Ram Lalu Ram ... Charandas
Madan Lal Madan Lal ... Buddhu Dhobi
Babu Das Babu Das ... Police Constable
Bhakla Ram Bhakla Ram ... Sepoy 1
Ram Nath Ram Nath ... Sepoy 2
Anjali Paigankar Anjali Paigankar ... Queen's Assist
Habib Tanvir Habib Tanvir ... The Judge
Sadhu Meher Sadhu Meher ... Chitragupt
Thakur Ram Thakur Ram ... The Saint
Mala Bai Mala Bai ... Woman with Jewellery
Fida Bai Fida Bai ... Stage Dancer
Ram Ratan Ram Ratan ... Temple Priest
Heera Ram Heera Ram ... Landlord
Amar Singh Lahre Amar Singh Lahre ... The Hungry Farmer
Ram Charan Ram Charan ... The Money Lander
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The film is derived from a classic folktale, originally narrated by Vijaydan Detha, and interpreted as a folk play by Habib Tanvir. The film charts the tumultuous life of a petty thief, Charandas. While running away from Police he encounters a Guru and makes four vows to him as penance, that he would never eat in a gold plate, never lead a procession that is in his honor, never become a king and never marry a princess, thinking all of them are far out possibilities for him. Later, his guru adds a fifth one - never to tell a lie and sets him off on his life's journey which leads him to a kingdom, where the turn of events make him famous, and eventually he is offered the seat of political power which he has to refuse. Later, the local princess Kelavati gets enchanted by him and proposes to marry him. He refuses to do so according to his vows to his guru. As he is put to death, he illustrates the inherent paradox in human existence, where truthful existence becomes an impossibility, for ... Written by Harjot Singh

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Language:

Hindi

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Habib Tanvir whose Play novel the film is based on, plays the role of Magistrate in the movie. See more »

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