Raj Kapoor, along with his leading lady Nargis, found international success with The Vagabond (Awaara), a contemporary retelling of the ancient story of Rama's banishment of Sita. The film marks the first appearance of the Charlie Chaplin-inspired tramp persona that would make Kapoor famous.
Four generations of Kapoors appeared in The Vagabond. The remarkable extended dream sequence where Kapoor and Nagis are successively cast in different guises revolutionised Hindi cinema, introducing the idea of externalising characters' inner conflicts through song and dance numbers.
Screening includes an interval.
The film was nominated for the top prize at Cannes in 1953.
New 35mm print!