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October 27, 2010

Debaki Basu’s Film: Kabi

First, let me quote a paragraph.

Noted novelist Tarashankar Bannerjee’s book addressed the desire for immorality through art. In his own screen adaptation, the railway porter Nitai (Robin Majumdar) develops a reputation as a poet through participating in the kabigan (musical debate between poets who improvise in a question-answer contest). The married thakurjhee (Anubha Gupta) falls in love with him. To avert a scandal he leaves his village and travels with a nomadic Jhumur troops of dancers and musicians. The prostitute Basan (Nilima Das), whose advances the hero initially rejects, eventually comes to embody the unity of art and desire. Her death forces him to return home, where he finds Thakurjhee also dead. The performances of the two women, the mute suffering of the mundane Thakurjhee, counterposed by Basan’s delicate frame crippled by venereal disease, and seen as the two sensuous opposites evoked by the hero’s poetry, allow some graceful moments in the film. The film was known for its music, esp. Tarashankar’s lyrics Kalo jodi manda tobe, Ei khed mor mone mone, jibon eito chhoto kane, sung by male lead Majumdar, one of the last actors in the Saigal mould. Bose’s ecstatic soft close-ups, his signature, are available in profusion. He remade the film in Hindi (1954) with Geeta Bali, Nalini Jaywant and Bharat Bhushan.

(From Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema, ed. Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen, BFI, OUP revised edition 1999, pp. 313-14)

This Bangla film Kabi hardly gets its importance what is due to it. I, backed by both the passion that I get from this film, and the motto of correcting this error, spent more than three hundred hours of my time to create English subtitle for both VCD one and two of this film in Angel VCD edition, AVVCD755/CE, released by Angel Video, Calcutta, email: info@angelvideo.in, website: angelvideo.in.

And for viewers that do not know Bangla, I have written notes too. I am putting them here for anyone to download and use them.

Right-click on any of the following links and click ’save’.

Subtitle for VCD One in SRT
Subtitle for VCD Two in SRT
Notes for VCD one SRT in PDF
Notes for VCD two SRT in PDF

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