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The Hindu(1953)

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The working title of this film was Gunga Ram. Although this film was reviewed in 1953 under the title The Hindu, no 1953 release date has been found. An Motion Picture Herald review in 1955 indicates that The Hindu was released in February of that year as Sabaka, the title of the viewed print. The film opens with the following written acknowledgment: "We gratefully acknowledge that this picture, filmed in India, could not have been produced without the kindly cooperation of his Highness,....Maharajah of Mysore." The Maharajah can be seen in the background at this point in the credits. The film then opens with the character "Gunga Ram" introducing himself to the viewing audience and describing his country. Music credits in the viewed print were partially obscured; however, they appear to read as either "An Maia Orchestra" or "All Maia Orchestra" with the added location credit "Salem, South India."
       An December 11, 1951 Los Angeles Times news item noted that RKO Pictures protested the working title of the film because it closely resembled their 1939 release Gunga Din (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). According to an article in the June 10, 1953 Variety, The Hindu was shot over a period of five months on location in Mysore, and includes scenes of the Maharajah of Mysore's palace as well as his army and elephant troupe. The Hindu marked the feature film debut of producer-director-writer Frank Ferrin.