Kisna: The Warrior Poet

Synopsis: The film is set in the India of the tumultuous 1930's when nationalists fighting for the country's independence rose up as one, urging the British to quit. At this time, a young Indian, Kisna befriends and then shields a British girl Katherine, from an enraged mob of nationalists including Kisna's own uncle and brother. Katherine is the young daughter of a ruthless British collector. Kisna takes it upon himself to escort Katherine to the safety of the British High Commission in New Delhi, who will arrange for her to board a ship home. A tender attraction develops between Kisna and Katherine during the journey, a love story that is torn between 'Karma' (the noble deed) and 'Dharma' (the duty). Laxmi, the Indian girl Kisna is engaged to, forms the third point in an emotional triangle involving the Indo-British romantic pair.
Director(s): Subhash Ghai
Production: Rajshri Media
170 min

The waters... The land...

And the sky...

...Are proof to the history

Of mankind.

People... countries... Time...

Everything changes...

Nothing survives forever...

But true love.

In the name of true love is...

Whenever the populous 10 billion

Of india celebrate republic day...

...There's always something


This year the government and

The media have their attention...

...On a special guest

Lady katherine williams.

"Ironically, she's refusing to talk

To both - government and press."

She's even avoiding a


"A former minister

Of the british government..." today the

state guest of india...

...Because of her interest in

Rural development and education.

For this she has with her a charity

fund of 500 million pounds.

"All the chief ministers around the

country have invited her."

But she declined till she meets

The prime minister or president.

"To welcome her, present are

Ministers and known people of delhi."

"All praised her at length but

she just said one word..."


- Namaste.

Well said.

"Lets' watch to whom will her

charity fund go to, if at all."

She has refused the ministry's

Invitations to tour india.

"I'm the secretary to

Minister of tourism."

"Please explain, our government's

In an awkward situation."

"But if madam doesn't wish to tour,

You can't force her."

"It's essential for madam to

Get to know our country."

"You want madam to see

India in the truest sense?"

"We've already invited

Her to sightsee india."

"If you really want her to

see india..."

"...Then take her to devprayag"

"Devprayag, a holy place in

Uttaranchal where two rivers..."

...Bhagirath and alaknanda merge...

"...To form the holiest river ganges,

Above rishikesh and haridwar."

Now what's your decision?

Thank you.

How rude is that?!

"Either she doesn't know india or

Doesn't want to know india..."

It's all a charade!

"I know india very well..."

"More than you, the real india."

It's not a charade.

"India has a thousand stories..."

"But I've just one story to share..."

"Now even I can't hold

Myself back"

Do you see that bungalow...

...Now a hotel I guess... was my home...

My birthplace.

Lady katherine says...

Do you see that bungalow there,

It was my home

In 1930, I was born here.

In india.

"Before 1947, during british rule..."

My father and grandfather

Also lived in india.

"My father peter beckett was

The deputy commissioner..."

"...Of pauri garhwal.

But the villagers hated him."

"Kathy baby, my sweetheart,

This is for you."

Where's kisna?

Where he usually is...!

What's it?

- Here's a gift for you.

What's it?

I don't like such jokes.

Go away, let me work!

Now what?

Just like an officer.

Salute the officer.

Salute officer!

"Do you think I'm an idiot?

It's a girls' hat, not for boys!"

"Sing a song that touches my heart"

My grandpa's calling you

for the prayer ceremony!

Can't come, I'm on duty!

"Luxmi, come with us."


- Yes my dear...

Kisna chases me away

Whenever kathy's around.

He's my student.

He'd never do that.

He does! Kathy braids

Her hair as if to copy me!

Just immerse yourself into the

World of music and dance...

And pray to lord krishna.

He'll be yours.

Kisna doesn't care about me.

Just close your eyes.

Now turn southwards...

...Now open your eyes.

Isn't that kisna!

This is your english lesson book.

Learn it by monday."

I've completed this homework too.

"May I enter the piano room

To look at the piano."

Of course... why not...

I don't want any useless indian

In that room!

"Every religion teaches the

Path of love and peace."

"Says our holy book, the gita."

"If one doesn't follow

This path?"

It becomes our duty to fight.

Even if he's your own master?

Be it your master or brother...

fight for justice is righteousness.

Got that kisna?

Half knowledge is dangerous!

"My sister shanta's moulding

Her children into scholars..."

"...Whereas to fight the british

We need warriors!"

"We've you, bhairo,

Leader of warriors!"

"Shankar's following your


"Yes, my shankar's not a slave

Like kisna and you."

"Time and again the two of you fight

Over the same issue."

Beckett's routed the canal water

To the wretched prince raghuraj.

I'll skin him alive one day...

Even if he's your master!

"Who'll stop you from your

Temperament of bloodshed!

"Since beckett's banned all

Your illegal trade..."

"...You're faking to be a radical

Leader of the poor villagers!"

"This is the katau canal of

Pauri garhwal, which belongs to me."

I've paid your government huge

Taxes and helped in your business.

I need you to guard my canal from

Misuse by bhairo and his miscreants.

"Listen to the melody

And follow me."

Mother didn't have the courage

To go against father's decision.

"I was packed off to london the

very same day."

"But my childhood was attached to

scents of this village."

"In england, my aunt margaret

Put me in a public school."

"But I never forgot devprayag,

Kisna and his flute."

Time went by...

"In 1947, the british government

started talks of independence..."

...With gandhi and nehru.

On my mother's insistence,

My father called me back to india.

On reaching india, my happiness

Knew no bounds.

Nothing had changed, neither

The villages or the mountains...

...Nor the rivers or the people!

Felt like childhood days again.

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Sachin Bhowmick

Sachin Bhowmick (Bengali: শচীন ভৌমিক; 17 July 1930 – 12 April 2011) was an Indian Hindi film writer and director. Writing was his main work and he wrote stories or screenplays for over 94 films. He is best remembered for directing the light romantic black comedy classic Raja Rani (1973). He was also a regular contributor to Ultorath, a Bengali magazine on cinema. Due to the Bengali pronunciation of his surname Bhaumick we will find his surname spelled as Bhowmick in numerous sites. more…

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