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Narsinh Mehta

Narsinh Mehta was the first Gujarati talkie film. It is a 1932 Gujarati biographical film directed by Nanubhai Vakil.

The film is based on the life of the saint-poet Narsinh Mehta played by Master Manhar. Mehta is known for his evocative Prabhatiyan (morning hymns) and especially for his composition Vaishnava jana to (‘The Vaishnav is he who knows the pain of others’) made popular by Gandhi, who also adapted the poet’s term Harijan (children of god) for the nation’s Untouchables.

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