Talabgar - Clip 2
Director: Khalek Halil
Duration: 00:02:17; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 234.790; Saturation: 0.013; Lightness: 0.313; Volume: 0.073; Cuts per Minute: 6.105; Words per Minute: 163.953
Summary: Date (Afghan Calendar): 1348
A 45 minute black and white film originally produced as part of a three-part anthology film called Rozgaran - Daily lives (each part with a different director). Two clips digitised during workshop, full film should be done later.
Footage Source: Afghan Films DVCAM tape transfer
Translated by Rajni Prakash
In this scene, the daughter being courted, Sima, has just returned from being informed by her father that he will allow the 'talabgar' to pursue his suit. She is furious because her father had promised to allow her to finish her education before marrying.
Her sister asks what is wrong, and then gently suggests that it might be better to submit to their parents' will. Sima protests bitterly that her father is 'only thinking about money and property,' and they have the following conversation:
Most of this film is a daffy comedy (with the appropriate, if somewhat tacked-on, moral ending) about a gambler trying to cheat his way into the good graces of a wealthy family whose daughter he wishes to marry. But tucked into the middle of comedy and morality play is a quite serious and revolutionary little piece of dialogue.
Seema jaan (dear)! Hope all is fine?
Fine, my sister!
Tell me properly.
I do not wish to make you also upset.
Seema, please, you shoud not hide anything from me. Is it again about the engagement issue?
But you told me yourself that your father agreed to get you engaged after completing your education.
Yes. But my dear father thinks wealth and money would bring happiness!
Huma: What is your idea of happiness?
Sima: Learning, and making my own way.
Huma: Yes, but money also has a role in happiness, doesn't it?
Sima: You're wrong. Knowledge is the most important thing. You can't buy knowledge with money, but you can make money from knowledge.
Sima: Sister, we have to stand up for what we know to be right. If we believe that money can't bring us happiness, it is our responsibility to defend our rights against old traditions.
This kind of conversation was, if not entirely commonplace, also not very unusual in Kabul in 1968; but seeing it on film, forty years later, feels like a record of something long forgotten, and only recently brought back to mind.
Well, how do you view happiness?
I? I view that in knowledge and integrity.
That is right! But money also plays an important role in life!
No, you are wrong! Knowledge and integrity are the essence of man's being that cannot be bought with money. But money and wealth are the things which could be achieved with knowledge and integrity.
That is right. But we should not disobey our parents' wish!
My lovely sister, disobeying has a different meaning! But our responsibility is to make the real meaning of happiness - which is not lying in money and wealth - known not only to our father and mother but also to all people.
My dear sister, what we say or think is not going to go anywhere until all people would share the same believe!
My dear Homa, what you say is right but I told you it is the youth's responsibility to stand against the old and worn out traditions.
That is right.