JAGTE RAHO ("Stay Awake," dirs. Sombhu Mitra and Amit Maitra, 1956; Hindi)
"India's Showman," Raj Kapoor, perfected a Chaplinesque everyman persona who roamed the new nation's roadways and cities in the 1950s. Here the Tramp wanders into a vast and inhospitable middle-class housing complex--an urban Indian version of a gated community--looking for a simple drink of water. Chaos, farce, and social criticism ensue.