No Bollywood or Kollywood people in this one… The director was some guy named Satyajit Ray. (Hey, just kidding there about the “some guy” part!)
The music is marvelous, done by the famous Vilayat Khan. Reportedly, he had some kind of rivalry with Ravi Shankar. Like Shankar, though, he apparently worked with the kind of music that influenced western rock musicians who liked to alter their own minds some years after this film was made.
Almost needless to say, the dancing is quite a joy to watch, too. (Of course, that is the main reason I’m posting this.)
The very end is a bit unpleasant. When that one guy uses his walking stick to stop the other from tossing money, that looks like some kind of confrontation in the making. Well, at least he didn’t pull out a gun and blow the money away like in that scene from Pakeezah.
Actually, I am most interested in seeing this film because of the comparisons made with Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam over at Philip’sfil-ums.
P.S. Thanks to Bollyviewer/Old Is Gold for the Satyajit Ray link.