Director: Phani Mazumdar
Hindi /1961/B &W/50mins (Also available in: Tamil, Gujarati)
Savitri is a young woman of virtue married to a virtuous man Satyavan. When the god of death Yama, comes to take the life of her beloved husband, Savitri stands in the way. She follows Yama and engages him in conversation. Yama grants her any wish she wants except the life of Satyavan. Savitri agrees but manages to outwit Yama, forcing him to spare the life of her husband. This is one of the most popular stories in the epic Mahabharata.
Director’s Biography: Phani Mazumdar
Phani Mazumdar’s six decades long career in cimema began in 1931 with Barua Studios, Calcutta. He wrote the scripts of ‘Abhigyan’ and ‘Abhagin’, assisting Prafulla Roy in directing them. He then directed the celebrated ‘Street Singer’ and ‘Sathi’, while also scripting and directing ‘Kapal Kundala’ and ‘Doctor’. He went to Singapore to work for the Shaw Brothers and in two years wrote and directed eleven feature film in Malay, Chinese and English. Returning to India in 1959 he directed the highly successful films ‘Aarti’ and ‘Oonche Log’. He has made a number of documentaries, children’s film and TV serials as well.