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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

An experience

Author: amyn-poona from United States
12 January 2008

One of Shyam Benegal's finest work, this movie is about a Portugal family in Goa and their struggle to come in terms with the death of the head of the family, all amidst the backdrop of an Indian army assembled to attack and take over Goa. The movie will make you experience the Goan Portuguese culture, their lifestyle, their music (watch out for the young Remo Fernandez and Alisha Chennai in 1985), and in the end, you feel as if you have actually experienced the entire happening. The costumes, the names, the behavior of the characters are all very authentic, and one thing is for sure, the next time you are in Goa, you will pause and think for a second about its unique and diverse culture and the place it holds in the Indian history.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

An original work amidst nonsense

Author: South_Node from India
8 May 2005

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Here is a genre of parallel cinema, as they call it in India, which leaves you absolutely spellbound. This movie was created at a time, when the so-called "commercial", popular version of Hindi cinema indulged in pure air-headed fantasy as far as Catholics in general and Goans in particular were concerned. I wouldn't say it was without flaws, and it was a perfectly objective masterpiece. But the attempt on the part of the author of the story and the director (Shyam Benegal in an unusual twin role) was there to portray reality, rather than deliberately shut all eyes to reality, to make something enjoyable. The acting was average, and no one particularly stood out. The slow pace and the original lighting associated with this movie were absolutely justified given the context in which the tale is told.

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Excellent Casting and some great performance

Author: madhu-gumballi from Bangalore, India
17 January 2009

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The casting has been spot on. Performance by Nasseruddin Shah (as the narrator), Leela Naidu, Neena Gupta and Dalip Tahil are great. Also watch out for Lucky Ali, Ila Arun, Remo Fernandes (has given some great music for this movie) and Alisha Chinai. The film is set during the 1960's in the Portuguese administered Goa, while Indian Army is all set to take over.

The story is about a Goan family in general and Dona Maria in particular who has to cope with the death of her husband. There are certain aspects of the film that is not very clearly portrayed like for instance what made Dona Maria's character see spirits and talk to them and what was that she saw as a young boy dressed in a colorful attire towards the end of the movie. Other than this the movie won't disappoint you and if you have a liking for Shyam Benegal's middle cinema then this one is a must watch!

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