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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anant Nag ...
Eldest Zamindar
Satyadev Dubey ...
Priest (Pujari)
Rukmani (as Smita)
Mohan Agashe ...
Policeman Patel
Sadhu Meher ...
Special Appearance
Savita Bajaj
Master Altaf
Suresh Bedi ...
(as Soresh Bedi)
Rukmini Menon
Sesham Raju


Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother 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, Susheela (Shabana Azmi). When Vishwam sees her for the first time, he is unable to take his eyes off her, and unable to get her out of his mind. Susheela does not reciprocate his attentions. Then one night, Susheela is forcibly carried away in a car by the Zamindar's right-hand men (Mohan Agashe and Anant Nag). The schoolmaster's efforts to stop them are to no avail, and the several people present do nothing to stop this abduction. What will the schoolmaster do to get his wife back, knowing fully well that even ... Written by rAjOo (

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25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a timeless classic. One more feather to the cap of the director Shyam Benegal. This movie was nominated for Cannes film festival and unfortunately did not win any award. Again Benegal takes us on a tour of rural Andhra and he does it with his characteristic grace and élan. The camera work is as usual good which can be expected of a Benegal movie. The music is good and above all , all the actors have turned in performances of their life time. Smita Patil, though in a not so significant role, excels. Shabana as usual shines. The fall of the feudal system because of it's excesses is very ably painted on the celluloid screen. Again this movie was a commercial failure, and the time of it's release was witnessing a birth of a phenomenon of Bollywood , Amitabh. Maybe that was the reason for this movie's failure at the box office. But again the movie going masses in India have always treated the alternative cinema in a not so fair manner, so this movie was no exception.

The only small defect that anyone can point out in such movies, is the facial makeup of the main characters. Always the heroes and heroines are a stand out from the general crowds. But again one may condone them as a matter of artistic or artiste's liberty.

Any collector of movies should cherish this movie.

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