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Payal Ki Jhankaar (1980)

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Complete credited cast:
Alankar Joshi ...
Gopal Bhatt
Komal Mahuvakar ...
Surinder Kaur ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bandini ...
Shail Chaturvedi ...
C.S. Dubey ...
Shivram - Shyama's uncle
Sudha Shivpuri ...
Bhavani - Shyama's aunt


Shyama is an orphaned young woman who lives with her aunt, uncle and several cousins, two of who are girls of marriageable age. Her passion is dancing, which is frowned upon by her uncle and aunt. One day she, along with a young man named Gopal, go to see the dance by an international artiste named Veena. They ask Veena and her mentor, Dinanath, for help but are shunned and asked to leave. Crestfallen, she returns home and sleeps outside the door as it was very late. The next day her aunt finds out about her overnight excursion and beats her up severely, followed by another beating by her uncle. Humiliated, she decides to run away with Gopal to another town in order to learn dancing at the hands of well-known Guru Kishinchand Sharma. They do find Kishin, who initially rejects them, but relents when he witnesses Shyama abilities. He decides to be her mentor and in this manner Shyama excels in her talents, so much so that she is asked to perform on stage in a competition with none other... Written by rAjOo (

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Must see for all classical dance lovers
27 December 2006 | by (St Louis, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully Indian movie about art and devotion and commitment to it. The story touches all those that truly love dance, especially Katthak. Katthak (also spelled 'Kathak') is a north Indian dance form that blends grace and emotion with intricate footwork that goes in delightful accompaniment to intricate beats played on a percussion instrument. The central character is a young orphaned girl, Shyama, raised by her uncle and his not so cordial wife. The only silver lining of her loveless existence is the friendship, support and faith of a boy named Gopal. Gopal inspires and encourages Shyama to dream beyond the confines of her simple village life and urges her to seek tutelage under an able dance guru.

The highlight of the movie is the dance performances of Surinder Kaur, playing the role of Veena and Komal Mahuvakar (as Shyama). The songs are also very soothing, mostly being based on classical music. Underneath all of this lovely music, dance and refreshing story is the theme: What does the true artist ultimately seek ? Fame, fortune and glory by exhibiting one's talent and skills to the world ? Or the sheer joy that lies in unfolding the secrets of that art as one worships it with ones devotion and commitment ?

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