DR. KOTNIS KI AMAR KAHANI

Based on the story 'And One Did Not Come Back', by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, which itself was based on the heroic life of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, the film had V. Shantaram and Jayashree playing the lead roles. During the Second World War a young Medical Practioner Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis spurns his father’s offer to start practice in India and rather offers himself to be sent to China to provide medical assistance to the troops fighting against the Japanese invasion in Yenan province. In China he meets and courts a young Chinese girl Ching Lan(Guo Qinglan) and despite all hardships keeps helping his patients recover from injuries and other diseases. His main triumph is curing a virulent plague, to which eventually he himself succumbs showing no dereliction of duty. His widow arrives in India after his death to live with his mother.

 

HINDI | INDIA | 1946                                                   

DRAMA | FEATURE | 124 MIN | DVD | B&W

 

Director: RAJARAM VANKUDRE SHANTARAM

Cast: 
V. Shantaram, Jayashree

Crew: 
Director: V. Shantaram

Producer: Rajkamal Kalamandir

Story and Screenplay: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, V.P. Sathe

Music: Vasant Desai

Cinematography: V. Avadhoot

 

Facts:

1.       The film was made in two versions in English and Hindi. The English version was shorter by 24 minutes.

2.       It was commissioned by the British as part of the War Effort.

3.       V Shantaram met with an accident during the shooting of the film, fighting a bull and almost lost his sight.

4.       China dedicated a part of the Martyr’s Memorial Park in Shijiazhuang and released a postal stamp in honour of Doctor Kotnis. His house in Sholapur is a Memorial now.

5.       The film was screened at Venice Film Festival that year.

6.       One of the first biopics in the country.

7.       The Poster and artwork were designed and executed by the noted Calendar artist S. M. Pandit through his 'Studio S. M. Pandit'