Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani

Dr. Kotnis ki Amar Kahani (Hindi: डॉक्टर कोटनिस की अमर कहानी; English: The eternal tale of Dr. Kotnis) is a 1946 Indian film in Hindustani as well as English, written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and directed by V. Shantaram.[1] The English version was titled The Journey of Dr. Kotnis.[2] Both versions starred Shantaram in the title role. The film is based on the life of Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian doctor who worked in China during the Japanese invasion in World War II.

Dr Kotnis ki Amar Kahani (The Immortal Tale of Dr. Kotnis)
Dr Kotnis ki Amar Kahani poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. Shantaram
Produced byV. Shantaram
Written byV. P. Sathe
Screenplay byK. A. Abbas
Story byK. A. Abbas
StarringV. Shantaram
Music byVasant Desai
CinematographyV. Avadhoot
Edited byBabu Marwad
Distributed byRajkamal Kalamandir
Release date
Running time
124 min./ 100 min. (Eng.)


The film was based on the story "And One Did Not Come Back", by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, which is itself based on the heroic life of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, played by V. Shantaram in the film.

Dr. Kotnis was sent to China during the Second World War to provide medical assistance to the troops fighting against the Japanese invasion in Yenan province.

While in China he met and courted a Chinese girl, Ching Lan, played by Jayashree. His main triumph was curing a virulent plague, but later he was captured and released by a Japanese platoon. Eventually he succumbed to the plague himself.


Lead cast:

Rest of the cast, listed alphabetically:

Poster and artworkEdit

The poster and artwork were designed and executed by the noted calendar artist S. M. Pandit through his studio S. M. Pandit.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani Reviews". the hindu. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ Op-Ed Archived 29 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/cinema_india.php
  4. ^ Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood – V & A exhibition https://collections.vam.ac.uk/exhibition/cinema-india-the-art-of-bollywood/337/

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