- Nutan: Kalyani
- Ashok Kumar: Bikash Ghosh
- Dharmendra: Devendra / Deven
- Raja Paranjpe: Kalyanis father
- Asit Sen: Shambhu
1934: Kalyani comes in a women's prison, where she has to serve eight years for murder. When the guards it is very popular. Even the prison doctor Devendra she is immediately striking because it is the only volunteers who offer their help as a nurse a sick inmate. Devendra falls in love with her and wants to know more about their past.
Kalyani is the daughter of a postmaster in Bengal and falls in love with the revolutionary Bikash Ghosh. When her father finally agrees to the marriage, must Bikash disappear from the village. He promises Kalyani ago still come back, but never returned. Only later she learns that Bikash has married another. The family is the laughing stock of the village, which Kalyani been encouraged to leave the village to avoid the dishonor of her father. Now she works in a hospital, where she takes care of contentious and unpopular women. Her father goes in search of her and unfortunately dies in an accident. On the same day, it turns out that one of her patients is Bikashs wife. Kalyani sees this woman as the cause of all their problems and poisoned them.
This story scares Deven not to marry before his projects from Kalyani. Even his mother, she accepted. When she exits the prison, she is already expected in Devens house. But suddenly she meets Bikash who is sick. She learns of the circumstances in Bikashs unhappy marriage that was only the subject of freedom.
Now Kalyani faces the decision of either or Bikash Devendra. Finally, she realizes that she was trapped all the time in their love for Bikash and decides ultimately for love and thus Bikash.
The film is based on a book by Jarasandha ( civil Charuchandra Chakraborty ), a former director of the Central Prison in Alipur, who recorded his experiences to fictional stories.
The film songs are sung by Asha Bhosle, Sachin Dev Burman, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, the lyrics come from Shailendra. For the construction of the film of busy Designer Sudhendu Roy was responsible.
Bandini is one of the masterpieces of Bimal Roy, who died three years after this film and as one of the best Indian film directors of his time applies.
The role of Kalyani, which forms the heart of the film at the same time, Nutan brought great recognition. Often, their representation is touted in this film as one of the best in Hindi cinema. At this time, Nutan was married and pregnant with her son, the future actor Monish Behl.
Kalyanis past is told as a flashback.
Probably ... the only consistent representation of female guilt in Indian film.
Filmfare Award 1964
- Filmfare Award / Best Film at Bimal Roy
- Filmfare Award / Best Director Bimal Roy to
- Filmfare Award / Best Actress at Nutan
- Filmfare Award / Best Story of Jarasandha
- Filmfare Award / Best Sound at Dinshaw Billimoria