Do Bigha Zameen, which means 2 acres of land – was a trendsetter in its own right. The story about a poor farmer victimized by zamindars was made on a socialist theme during the 1950s.
Of course, we all know how THAT turned out, and I am sure Mr Roy is thankful for his ‘ill-fated’ choice – This role was Sahni’s greatest and most remembered performance, and remains so to date.
Nirupa Roy, the quintessential Indian mother (remember Deewar?) was asked to wear dirty, unwashed sarees from the Chor Bazaar for her portrayal of the farmer’s poor wife.
Some even say that this was the only film for which Nirupa Roy didn’t use even a drop of glycerine (that stuff actors use to ‘create’ tears) for her sad scenes in the film.
That must have been some acting. No wonder, this film is considered to be the turning point of Hindi Cinema and is nothing short of a work of art by Bimal Roy. Kudos!