SHAKUNTALA

Shakuntala is the daughter of Sage Vishwamitra and Menaka (The divine beauty), but is brought up by the Sage Kanva, and stays with him in a forest dwelling. She meets King Dushyanta  played by Chandra Mohan, when he comes there for a hunt. The two fall in love and get married, with Dushyanta staying with her. Soon he has to leave and promises to return for her. Before leaving he gives her a ring as a token of their marriage. Shakuntala passes her days waiting for Dushyanta. She is so lost in his thoughts that she doesn’t hear a Sage asking for water. The Sage then leaves her with a curse that the one she is thinking about will forget her. Shakuntala gives birth to a son ‘Bharata’ and several years pass without the return of Dushyanta who has no recollection of Shakuntala now. The ring he has given her is lost in the river and swallowed by a fish. Dushyanta turns her away when Shakuntala goes to the court. Later when Dushyanta recovers his memory Shakuntala refuses to go with him but both are finally united.

 

HINDI | INDIA | 1943                                                   

DRAMA | FEATURE | 122 MIN | DVD | B&W

 

Director: RAJARAM VANKUDRE SHANTARAM

Cast: 
Jayshree, Chandra Mohan, V. Shantaram, Ameena

 

Crew: 
Producer: V. Shantaram

Screenplay: Diwan Sharar

Based on: Abhijñānaśākuntalam by Kālidāsa

Music: Vasant Desai

Cinematography: V. Avadhoot

 

Facts:

First Indian film to be shown in USA

Shakuntala has been cited as a "major hit" and was shown at a theatre in India for continuous 104 weeks

 

Awards:

Venice Film Festival (1947) – Grand International Award (Nomination)