Cast & Crew
THE POSTMASTER: Nandalal, a young man from the city, takes the job of postmaster in a remote village. He is attended to by Ratan, an orphan girl of 10. Ratan also worked for the previous postmaster, an irritable old man who had severely mistreated her. The little sympathy that Nandalal shows the girl brings out all her love and tenderness. Unused to the loneliness of village life and unnerved by a severe attack of malaria, Nandalal is finally obliged to give up the job. It is only at the moment of departure that he realizes the depth of feeling that bound him to the girl. THE CONCLUSION: Young Amulya, a lawyer, rejects the girl of his mother's choice and decides to marry tomboy Mrinmoyee, with whom he has fallen in love. Alone with Amulya on the night of the wedding, the bride reveals that she was forced into the marriage, which she resents because of the loss of freedom it implies. Later in the night, she runs away from the bridal chamber. She is brought back a prisoner the following morning and receives the treatment that is normally meted out to such unconventional brides. A disillusioned Amulya sends his bride home and goes back to Calcutta. In his absence Mrinmoyee undergoes a change of heart, and, when at last she goes back to her husband, it is of her own free will and because she has realized that she loves him.
Aparna Das Gupta
Mihir Rakhal Chakravarty
Collection of three short films: "Postmaster", "Monihara" and "Nishkriti". "Monihara" was dropped for the "Two Daughters" version.
The "Monihara" segment of the film was dropped for the first international release because subtitles could not be finished in time due to budgeting constraints.
Released in India in 1962 as a trilogy entitled Teen Kanya (Three Daughters); running time: 171 min. The third story, "Monihara," was not included in the print for export.
Released in United States August 7, 1962
Re-released in United States December 27, 1995
Re-released in United States June 16, 1995
Shown at the Vancouver Film Festival August 7, 1962.
Formerly distributed by Janus Films.
Re-released in United States June 16, 1995 (Lincoln Plaza Cinemas; New York City)
Released in United States August 7, 1962 (Shown at the Vancouver Film Festival August 7, 1962.)
Re-released in United States December 27, 1995 (Film Forum; New York City)