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Virasat (1997)

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After completing his studies in London, England, Shakti Thakur returns home to India in a small town where his family resides. Accompanying him is his leggy girlfriend, Anita, who he is in ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Shakti Thakur
Milind Gunaji ...
Bali Thakur
Govind Namdeo ...
Birju Thakur
Raja Thakur
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Shurkyen (as Satyan Kappu)
Dilip Dhawan ...
Shakti's Brother
Tiku Talsania
Sulabha Deshpande ...
Bali's Mother (as Sulbha Deshpande)
Rita Bhaduri ...


After completing his studies in London, England, Shakti Thakur returns home to India in a small town where his family resides. Accompanying him is his leggy girlfriend, Anita, who he is in love with and wants to marry, much to the disapproval of his family. After a few days, Shakti starts to feel that nothing much has changed in this part of India and longs to return, as he is unable to bear the animosity between the townspeople, in general, and in particular between his Zamindar dad, Raja Thakur, and rival Zamindar Birju, none other than Raja's crippled brother. When Anita leaves the town to meet her parents elsewhere in India, Shakti too wants to follow her, but his plans change suddenly when his father passes away, and the region is ravaged by unprecedented natural calamities. Following the funeral he decides to stay on to look after the family estate and business temporarily, and that is when he meets local town belle, Gehna, who has given her heart to him years ago, hopes to ... Written by rAjOo (

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A modern day Hindi film dealing with timeless values of the village.
15 February 2000 | by (Alberta) – See all my reviews

Virasat is a film dealing with the archetypes of Indian rural existence. Shakti (Anil Kapoor) is an educated son of a landowner who returns to his village. Due to his education and city girlfriend, Shakti wishes to turn his back on the village and set up shop in the city. Because of unforeseen and unexpected events, Shakti becomes entwined in the affairs of the village -- caught in the bonds of duty owed to his village and aging father. Virasat is about ancient archetypes -- symbolism borrowed heavily from the Mahabharata. His arch-enemy -- and the cause of anarchy in the village is his cousin (an allusion to the Kauravs and Pandavas of the Mahabharat). The Mahabharat analogy is extended into the Gita -- as it becomes obvious that Shakti's dharm or divine duty is in the destruction of adharm -- as manifested/substantiated in the corporeal by his uncles family.

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