Tehsildar (1944)

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Y. V. Rao directs this satire on Indian middle-class anglophilic pretensions. Soon after a low-level tax collector (Rao) marries the beautiful but unsophisticated village girl Kamala (P. Bhanumathi), he forces her to take a series of classes to learn to wear Western fashion and high heeled shoes and to learn to speak English. All this climaxes in a tea party hosted by the collector that leaves Kamala dispirited and humiliated. The collector dumps Kamala in favor of the slick and modern Rajani (Kamala Kotnis), who promptly has poor Kamala evicted. Soon the dark-hearted Rajani spends all of his money, forcing him to embezzle from his company.