Set in 19th century Bengal, the film tells decaying feudalism of landlords through the characters played by Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Rahman and Waheeda Rahman. Directed by Abrar Alvi, the 1962 film is still appreciated for marvellous performances by the entire cast, superb cinematography and extraordinary song picturisations.
The film won four Filmfare Awards, including the best film award. It was also chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars.
"It is coming back in the mainstream. Like in the 1980s films like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro', 'Chashme Buddoor', 'Katha', and 'Ardh Satya' were considered parallel cinema but now such films are coming back in the mainstream," said Mishra.
"Different kind of films are being made with equally good directors," he added further.