Apni Nagariya (1940)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Dada Gunjal directs this gritty reformist drama about the evils of class division. Sushila (Shobhana Samarth) is the daughter of tyrannical factory owner Seth Ramdas, who is engaged in a bitter labor struggle with union leader Keshav. When the Sushila gets caught in the midst of a demonstration that turns to violence, young rakish worker Prithvi rescues her from the tumult, even though the act gets him in trouble with the management. Later, Prithvi saves her again when the bubonic plague sweeps through the town and everyone, including Sushila's family, abandons her. After nursing her back to health, does she fall in love with him? Of course not. Instead, she marries the upper-class and thoroughly evil Shambu, who stages a factory lock out. Embittered, Prithvi turns to a life of crime.