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Night's End (1975)
"Nishaant" (original title)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  6 September 1975 (India)
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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest son of the powerful, and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and protection ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Schoolmaster
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Sushila
Anant Nag ...
Anjaiya
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Eldest Zamindar
Satyadev Dubey ...
Priest (Pujari)
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Rukmani (as Smita)
Mohan Agashe ...
Prasad
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Policeman Patel
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Vishwam
Sadhu Meher ...
Special Appearance
Savita Bajaj
Master Altaf
Suresh Bedi ...
(as Soresh Bedi)
Rukmini Menon
Sesham Raju
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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest son of the powerful, and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and protection of his family, which also includes bending the law to his own advantage. Vishwam is married to Rukmani (Smita Patil), and unlike his brothers, does not indulge in alcohol or women, nor does he have any bad habits. Then the village gets a new schoolmaster (Girish Karnad), who has a wife, Sushilla (Shabana Azmi). When Vishwam sees for the first time, he is unable to take his off of her, and unable to get her out of his mind. Sushilla does not reciprocate his attentions. Then one night, while the schoolmaster is returning home, he sees a vehicle pull up outside his house, and two men grab Sushilla and take her forcibly. Several people are present no one dares to raise a hand nor even a voice to stop this abduction. What will the schoolmaster do to get his wife back, knowling fully well that the Police ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Absolutely brilliant
19 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was released in the 70's, I was about 15 or so. I watched it again yesterday on DVD and once again was blown away by it brilliant acting, story, dialogue and subject matter.

I love Indian mainstream cinema, it has a big place in Indian culture, which very unfortunately and sadly is dismissed by many as kitch, but popular culture is popular culture and it has it's importance in society.

This movie on the other hand, is a perfect example of the other side of Indian cinema. I really wish movies by such great Indian directors (contemporary), can be shown in the West in regular cinemas (not small little places in remote parts of cities). To balance the mainstream of songs, dance, melodrama etc., we have this other cinema, which is so amazing, intelligent and brilliant, and very unfortunately has not been exposed to the NA market. It's just too sad!


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