Original title: Prapancha Pash
Directors: Osten, Franz
Cast: Himansu Rai, Seeta Devi, Charu Roy
India-Germany-UK 1929 | Black & white | 74 mins | Silent
Avaliable on: DVD, DCP
This spectacular silent epic, based on an episode from the Mahabharata is the tale of two neighbouring kings, both addicted to gambling and in love with the same woman, Sunita, the daughter of a hermit. Described by composer Nitin Sawhney as 'a cross between Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille and an early Bollywood movie', this German-Indian co-production was shot on location in Rajasthan, featuring thousand of extras and an array of elephants and tigers. The BFI's new digital restoration features Nitin Sawhney's ravishing score which effortlessly blends delicate vocals, Indian flute, acoustic guitar and tabla percussion with recorded score by Nithin Sawhney and the London Symphony Orchestra.
‘Great film music which shows how the increasingly assured Sawhney is breaking down the barriers between pop, classical and world music.’
– The Guardian