Directed by Bimal Roy • 1958 • India
Starring Vyjayanthimala, Dilip Kumar, Johnny Walker
Bimal Roy’s greatest commercial success was also his only collaboration with Bengali-cinema titan Ritwik Ghatak, who wrote the screenplay for this haunting supernatural romance. Shifting between past and present, MADHUMATI tells the story of a young man (Dilip Kumar) who seeks refuge from a storm in an old mansion. There, he discovers a painting that reawakens memories of his previous life and his star-crossed romance with a village girl (Vyjayanthimala). Awash in ghostly, gothic atmosphere, this blockbuster hit—the highest-grossing Indian film of 1958—has garnered comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO for its vision of a transcendent love that stretches beyond death.