The Last Kiss (1931 film)

The Last Kiss is a 1931 British Indian silent film, directed by Ambuj Gupta. The film was produced by the Dhaka Nawab Family and it is the first Bangladeshi film[citation needed] to be full-length. Shot in Dhaka, post-production work was done in Calcutta. The Last Kiss was released by the Mukul Theater. The film is considered lost.

The Last Kiss
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One of the surviving stills featuring Lolita
Directed byAmbuj Gupta
CinematographyKhaza Azad
Khaza Azmal
Royal Family
Release date
  • 1931 (1931)

The two actresses, Lolita and Charubala Devi, were brought from brothels in Dhaka. The film was sold to the Aurora Film Company of Calcutta.


The full plot of the film is unknown, and sources vary about it. Khaza Shahed said it was about a conflict between two family members.[1] Khaza Zahir said the plot involved the hero's wife being kidnapped, and the hero subsequently finding her in the bedroom of the villain, leading to a fight in which both the hero and his wife die.[1]


  • Khaza Azmal as a hero
  • Khaza Nasrullah as a villain
  • Lolita as the hero's wife
  • Shailen Roy as the chief robber
  • Khaza Adel as a landlord
  • Khaza Zahir as a robber
  • Syed Shahebe Alam as a police officer
  • Charubala Devi as the landlord's wife
  • Harimoti as a dancer and singer
  • Khaza Shahed as a child actor
  • Baby Tuntun as a child actor


In 1928, Ambuj Gupta, a sports coach at the Jagannath College, directed the silent film Sukumari. In October 1929, shortly after finishing that project, he started to work on The Last Kiss.[1][2] It featured cinematography by Khaza Azad and Khaza Azmal.[1] The 14-year-old lead actress, Lolita, was escorted from the Badamtoli brothel in Dhaka, and the supporting actress Charubala Devi was escorted from the Kumartuli brothel.[1] The production was completely filmed in the eastern part of the (then) Bengal province of British India, and post-production concluded in Calcutta, India.[1]

Title cards were displayed in three languages: Bengali, English, and Urdu. Gupta composed the title cards in the first two languages, and the Urdu titles were produced by Dr. W. H. Andalib Shadani.[1] The Last Kiss is the first Bangladeshi film to be considered full-length.[note 1][2][3][4] It was produced by the Royal Family.[5]


The Last Kiss was released in 1931 in the Mukul Talkies (now the Azad Cinema).[1][6][7] Ramesh Chandra Majumdar, a professor who attended the premiere, awarded two gold medals to Khaza Shahed and Baby Tuntun.[1] In the same year, the only print of The Last Kiss' was bought by Aurora Film Company of Calcutta for distribution of the film.[1] The film's print and negative are considered lost.[1]

The cast and crew of the film were separated upon completing the film.[1] The two actresses, Lolita and Charubala Devi, returned to their brothels, and director Ambuj Gupta emigrated to Calcutta.[1]


  1. ^ Scholarly consensus disagrees with it being considered first Bangladeshi film to be full-length but other sources say it is a Bangladeshi film to be full-length.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Raju, Zakir Hossain (17 December 2014). Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity: In Search of the Modern?. Routledge. pp. 90–91. ISBN 978-1-317-60180-7. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ghosh, Partha S. (23 May 2016). Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless in South Asia. SAGE Publishing India. p. 232. ISBN 978-93-5150-853-3. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Cinema of Bangladesh" (PDF). Hyderabad Film Club. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ Huq, Sabiha; Mukherjee, Srideep (21 January 2020). "Guns in Bangla cinema across borders: perspectives on cultural evolution". Palgrave Communications. 6 (1): 1–12. doi:10.1057/s41599-019-0379-6. ISSN 2055-1045.
  5. ^ Sharma, Anukrati (5 August 2019). Sustainable Tourism Development: Futuristic Approaches. CRC Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-429-67478-5. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020.
  6. ^ Vasudev, Aruna; Padgaonkar, Latika; Doraiswamy, Rashmi (2002). Being & Becoming, the Cinemas of Asia. Macmillan. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-333-93820-1. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Indian Popular Cinema in Bangladesh" (PDF). INFLIBNET Centre. p. 215. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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