Bengali Films of Salil Chowdhury

Do Bigha Zameen (1953)
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(2nd poster)

Lyricist: Shailendra

Title Music




Other known variations


Mal Tam Tel Kan Bng Oth
DZ1 hariyaalaa saawan Dhol bajaata aaya.. Lata, Manna Dey,chorus - - - - - - -
DZ2 bhaai re…dharti kahey pukaar ke Lata, Manna Dey,chorus - - - - - - -
DZ3 ajab tori duniyaa, o moray raama Rafi, chorus - - - - - - -
DZ4 aa jaa ri aa, nindiyaa tu aa Lata - - - - -



It is well-known now that the story of "Do Bigha Zameeen" was based on Salil's Bengali short story "Rickshawalah" which he wrote in around 1951/52. His close friend Ritwick Ghatak showed it to Bimal Roy visiting Calcutta in 1952. Bimal Roy liked it very much and decided to make "Do Bigha Zameen". He invited Salil initially to write the script but later also to compose the music. In the famous composition "Dharti Kahe pukarke" Salil used one line from the famous Russian Red Army March Song "Polyushka Polye" (also known as Meadowlands in English) to compose the line "mausam beeta jaay" .He changed just one note from "shudh gandhar" (major third) to "komal gandhar" (minor third) to give it a feeling of "bhairavi" raag !
The Bengali version "Rickshawalah" was made in 1955.