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Hansa P. Sarpat
Nana Patekar ...
Vasant 'Vasanta' D. Mandre
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Soma Sarpat
Rajshree Sawant ...
Phoolwanti V. Mandre
Nilu Phule ...
Dashrath 'Dadji' Mandre
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Parshuram 'Pagal Parsa' Sarpat
Achyut Potdar ...
Munshi
Prashant Subhedar
Jayamala Inamdar
Anil Bhagavat
Dipak Alegaokar
Shivkumar Divekar
Shubhangi Manjrekar
Vijay Parulkar
Sayaji Shinde ...
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The Sarpat family, who live in Bhukari, consist of Parsaram, who has been involved in digging a well for the past over 12 years and is now called 'Pagal Parsa'; his brother, Soma, who gets some casual work in the fields; his wife, Hansa, who goes to work at a Bidi factory; and four children ironically named Sharmila, Jeetendra, Amitabh, and Kadhu. Soma's neighbor, Vasant Mandre, is a young man who has recently got married to Phoolwanti, lives with his ailing father, Dashrath, who had taken a loan of Rs.10,000/- in order to have a lavish wedding celebration. Soma is the first one to re-locate to Bombay, and when he immediately sends some money, Vasant too leaves for Bombay. Shortly thereafter, Phoolwanti goes to visit him and is horrified when she finds that Soma and Vasant are sharing a small room with 39 other males from their village; work in a mill; are poorly paid, and in debt. She returns home immediately thereafter. Then Vasant gets a letter from his dad asking him to come home ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A Tale of a Village and a City
21 February 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Disha' tells the tale of two families (who're also friends) living in a poor dry village. However, the poverty and lack of employment leads Soma (Raghuvir Yadav) and eventually the newly-wedded Vasant (Nana Patekar) to go to the city and search for work. Amidst their struggles in the city, we see an obsessed Parshuram (Om Puri) who's spent twelve years digging a well and his wife Hansa (Shabana Azmi) who is fed up with his obsession and struggles with raising her four children and working. Then, there's Vasant's young bride Phoolwanti (Rajshree Sawant) who alongside Hansa works for a sleazy employer in a tobacco factory. Paranjape cleverly shows the contrast between the city from the character's point of view and we feel how they are more at home in the village, how they adjust to the difficult overcrowded city and eventually how the circumstances transform them. In addition to that she brilliantly contrasts between the quiet village and the noisy city. The use of sound (and minimal background music) finely reflects this. Paranjape also gives 'Disha' a touch of comedy which is very subtle. The brown tinted colour adds to the rawness and stresses on the stifling heat that adds to both the village and city chaos. Raghuvir Yadav, Nana Patekar, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi are all seasoned actors and one wouldn't expect anything short of great performances. On that front, the actors do not disappoint at all by playing their well-written characters and they only it easier for the viewer to get involved in their lives. Editing could have been improved, especially by leaving out the first song (or cutting it shorter). It seems as though the song was there to remind the viewer that this was a Hindi film. Summing it up, 'Disha' is worth a watch for its wonderful storytelling, excellent performances and raw realism.


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