Avtar Krishna Kaul


27 Down - 1973 - Hindi
(The Train to Benares)

Avtar Krishna Kaul's only feature film, which was finished shortly before he died trying to save someone from drowning.

An engine driver incapacitated after an accident, forces his son Sanjay to join the railways and to stifle his artistic ambition beneath a conductor's uniform. Sanjay befriends the commuting typist Shalini, but his father pressures Sanjay to marry a village belle who resembles the buffaloes she brings as her dowry. Sanjay escapes in yet another train journey. When Sanjay meets Shalini again, he finds they have nothing in common any more.

Direction & Screenplay: Avtar Krishna Kaul
Cast: M K Raina, Rakhee, Rekha Sabnis, Om Shivapuri
Cinematography: Apurba Kishore Bir
Music: Bhuban Hari

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