- 2 hr 18 min
Jagriti is a 1955 Indian film directed by Satyen Bose, starring Abhi Bhattacharya, Pranoti Ghosh, and Bipin Gupta. The movie is based on the play of the same name by Bijon Bhattacharya. The film revolves around the story of a young boy who reformulates the way of thinking of his classmates and how he transforms their lives. The film takes place in a small village with a school called 'Rishi Vidyalaya.' The school has a new teacher named Mr. Roy, who is a firm believer in discipline, order, and hard work. Mr. Roy is determined to change the undisciplined and playful group of students into well-behaved students who study hard and follow the rules. On the first day of school, Mr. Roy's strict approach to education clashes with the students' playful nature. They do not take his teaching style seriously and start resorting to mischief to disrupt their classes. Mr. Roy tries to impose his authority using his cane and punishing the students, but nothing seems to work. One day, a young boy named Ashok (played by Ratan Kumar) joins the school. Ashok comes from a poor household and has a quirky and playful personality that is different from the other students. Ashok's arrival is met with curiosity and showing the students a different way of looking at things. Ashok questions the oppressive nature of the school and Mr. Roy's teaching style. His words resonate with the other students, who start to see things in a new light. Ashok becomes a catalyst for change in the classroom, and the students start taking an interest in studies, becoming more responsible, and caring about one another. As the story progresses, Ashok takes upon himself the responsibility of leading and organizing the students to build a sense of unity and teamwork among them. The students undergo a transformative phase, and Mr. Roy also starts to see a change in their behavior. He appreciates Ashok's influence on the students and his perspective on teaching. Jagriti is a beautiful amalgamation of drama, comedy, and music. The film's music by Hemant Kumar beautifully captures the essence of the film's theme and the complex emotions of the characters. The film addresses various societal issues such as poverty, human values, class distinctions, education, student-teacher relationship, and the power of knowledge. Overall, Jagriti is a heartwarming and socially relevant film that showcases the power of education, how it can transform people's lives and bring positive change to society. It impresses upon us the need to encourage and nurture the unique potential of every child to make the world a better and happier place.