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Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

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Kavita
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Anirudh Parmar
Sudha Chopra ...
Manju
Mohan Gokhale ...
Jagdish
Pran Talwar
Arun Joglekar
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Dubey
Lakshman Tandon
Tapan Kumar Nandi ...
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Arun Sachdev
Baladutt Sharma
Mukesh Gautam
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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan ...
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Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, and he slowly also gets attracted to her. When marriage is proposed, both agree to marry each other. Then Anirudh starts having doubts whether this marriage is going to succeed, as he feels he is being patronized, and pittied. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Sparsh—The Touch…
25 February 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Sai Paranjape's films always deal with situations and characters, which one can easily identify with, and her 'Sparsh' is a nostalgic movie. The film upholds an important principle that the disabled want to live independently, to be accorded the dignity and respect other sectors of society are granted.They don't want sympathy, rather they want and need normal behaviour towards them.

Anirudh Parmar (Naseerudin Shah), a visually impaired young man, runs a school for the blind as a principal.He works towards making his students self-reliant and hates the society for pitying people like him.One evening, at a party, he meets Kavita (Shabana Azmi), a young widow, and offers her to teach in his school.

Reluctant at first, Kavita eventually joins the school. She starts enjoying the company of the blind children and they too feel comfortable with her. Gradually, Anirudh and Kavita fall in love and get engaged. However, after some time, Anirudh starts having doubts whether this marriage is going to succeed. He feels he is being demeaned, and pitied, and hence breaks their engagement. He even tells Kavita not to come to school anymore.However, Kavita, who really has love for blind children, translates famous stories for them in brail. Will Anirudh realize her passion and take her for what she is?

A method artist, Naseeruddin Shah studied the behavioral characteristics of blind and came up with an amazing performance, winning himself the National Award for Best Actor.

Apart from critical appreciation,'Sparsh' also won 3 Filmfare Awards.

(Best Director— Sai Paranjape Best Dialogue—Sai Paranjape Best Film—Basu Bhattacharya)

This was back in the 1970's, when Naseerudin Shah was heralded as one of the leading lights of the parallel cinema.His principal of a blind school, who forms a life-affirming relationship with Kavita, left a lasting impression.

Paranjape made a sincere attempt to tell both sides of the story, with a rare unsentimental equilibrium, dealing with the complexes embedded in the minds of both the characters.


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