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Bhavni Bhavai (1980)

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In a drought-stricken city in India, the emperor Maharaja Dhiraj Chandrasen, who has two wives, and no children, orders all kinds of rituals and sacrifices to appease the Rain Gods, ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
King Chakrasen
Mohan Gokhale ...
Jeevla / Raj Kumar
Maanav Bhagat
Dina Pathak ...
Bhagat's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nalin Dave
Gopi Desai
Benjamin Gilani ...
Prime Minister
Suhasini Mulay
Kalilash Pandya


In a drought-stricken city in India, the emperor Maharaja Dhiraj Chandrasen, who has two wives, and no children, orders all kinds of rituals and sacrifices to appease the Rain Gods, including shaving off half his mustache, but to no avail. He is then told that his second wife has given birth to a baby boy, and he announces all kinds of festivities to mark this occasion, only to be told by the Palace Astrologer that the child's birth is going to result in his death. Dhiraj quickly orders the child to be killed. The child is not killed but enclosed in a wooden box and tossed in a river. Subsequently, the child is rescued by a childless couple belonging to the untouchables' community. And it is here that young Jeevla grows up. Years later Dhiraj has grown old, and is still childless. His palace officials find out about Jeevla, and conspire with each other to kill him, so they ask Dhiraj to make a sacrifice of a person who possesses many virtues, and they indicate that they have located ... Written by rAjOo (

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U N T O U C H A B I L I T Y , the bane of Indian society.

Bhavni Bhavai, Kanku and Kashino Dikro - are three best made films in Gujarati.Bhavni Bhavai literally means ' Play of Lifespan ', Life span is described as plot of play (Reminds of Shakespearean phrase "all the world is astage" .Bhavai is a traditional folk play played mostly by Taragalas- a cast which specialises in profession of acting. It is street play which depicts various facets of social life.

Misintrepretion of cast system by vested interest have resulted in belief that some castes are superior to others. The people of superior cast oppress and humiliate lower cast, but the irony is a superior cast man will sleep with lady of lower cast at will but will not drink water touched by her !!! The story is told in lyrical form ( an important attribute of Bhavai play ).Though writing credits are given to Ketan Mehta the director the plot borrows heavily almost word by word from play written by Dhiruben Patel.

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