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Kalapi (1966)

  • Release Date1966
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageGujarati
  • Run Time117 min
  • Length3247.95 meters
  • Number of Reels14
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU

This is the story of a man, who could make up his mind. To be or not to be was his dilemma too, but he finally decided to be the sweetheart of sweet hearts of his area and his era. 

Sursinhji Takhtasinhji Gohil, the ruler of Lathi, widely and popularly known as Poet "Kalapi" was married to two princesses on the same day. One was Anandiba of Kotda Sangani, and the other was Rajba of Cutch-Roha. He loved and adored Rajba more as she was herself a talented poetess. On wedding night Kalapi named Rajba - Rama, and wanted her to be beloved of the heart and inspiration of the mind. 

Kalapi was soon crowned as the ruler of Lathi. On the coronation day, Kalapi detests the pomp and complicities of the political attitude of the British Agency. He leaves the court in disgust and Rama makes herself clear that she cares more for the throne than the love and poetry of Kalapi. This creates a void between the two. 

Rama wants Kalapi to be a ruler of Lathi, while Kalapi wants only to be a poet of repute. In this tug-of-war, one day Rama tears off Kalapi's poems and he bursts into emotions and says, "You have not torn my poems but you have ripped my heart." This incident seals the amicable relations between the two, and in this frustrations, Kalapi sees Monghi the favorite maid of Rama who accompanied her after the marriage. Growing from a bud to a blossomed flower, Kalapi is drawn towards her, and they have secret meetings. Once Kalapi, Rama, Monghi, and Kalapi's son Balu leave for Matheran. There Rama once catches them in a rendezvous. After returning Rama finds Kalapi enchanted by Monghi, whom Kalapi has renamed Shobhana. She decides to find a wat. 

What way she finds and what happens thereafter is our dedicated devotion in celluloid. 

[from the official press booklet]