Neecha Nagar

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Neecha Nagar (; English: Lowly City) is a 1946 Hindi film directed by Chetan Anand. Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, this film was a pioneering effort in social realism in Indian cinema, and paved the way for many such 'Parallel Cinema' films by other directors and many of them written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. It starred Chetan Anand's wife, Uma Anand, Rafiq Ahmed, Kamini Kaushal, and Zohra Sehgal.

It became the very first Indian film to gain international recognition, after it shared the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film (Best Film) award at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.Grand Prix du Festival International du Film


It was based on a Hindi story, Neecha Nagar, written by Hayatulla Ansari, which in turn was inspired by Russian writer Maxim Gorky’s ‘Lower Depths'. It took an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in the society. The Hindu, 15 June 2007.

The film is the debut film of actress Kamini Kaushal and for Ravi Shankar as a music director.



1946 Cannes Film Festival


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