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Tarpan (The Absolution) (1995)

Joravar lives in a the desert state of Rajasthan in a small village together with his wife, Lachmi, and two young daughters. His first daughter inexplicably passes away, and both parents ... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Savita Bajaj ...
Chintho P. Singh
Babita Bhardwaj ...
Pradeep Bhatnagar ...
Pratap Singh
Lakhan Thakur
Ravi Jhankal ...
Rekha Kanda ...
Vijay Kashyap ...
Madhvi Kaushik ...
Mrs. Jeetu
Usha Nagar ...
Dhannu's mom
Zahida Parveen ...
Dina Pathak ...


Joravar lives in a the desert state of Rajasthan in a small village together with his wife, Lachmi, and two young daughters. His first daughter inexplicably passes away, and both parents take extra special care of their second one. Unfortunately, she too starts suffering inexplicably, with the local doctor throws in the towel and asks her parents to pray for her soul. But both refuse to accept the doctor's verdict and set out to speak to a village elder by the name of Jasso, who asks them to go to Suku Baba who will surely find a way to cure their daughter. The parents travel on camel-back, find Suku Baba, who is already well aware of their plight and has a solution, namely that the parents must travel to another village, and cleanse the well that the upper caste Thakurs used to draw their water from years ago. The parents travel to this village, and ask around for this ascetic well - but nobody is willing to answer their question, all except an elderly woman named Rammo. She shows ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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22 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Of course, a film like this, released in 1995, has no reviewers. Such intelligent films do not deserve to be reviewed. Only pot-boilers and films with star casts deserve the VIP treatment. Purely my thoughts, of course, but also a stark reality.

This wonderful film, stunningly depicts the horrifying reality of caste-ridden India, zeroing in on the state of Rajasthan, where humans are discriminated against, on the basis of their birth and sex. The film is about the curse on a village, which accumulates and finally spills over, so that the village children are doomed to die before they attain puberty. A sinister well is the focus of the film; a well which had been the site of numerous depravities and cruel actions of the villagers, and which was now apparently haunted by the restless spirits of the unavenged dead.

Without giving away the plot and its nuances, I would say that this film, devoid of song-and-dance routines, devoid of stars and their mannerisms, and devoid of the numerous frills of Bollywood cinema deserved an award when it was released. I do not know if it did get any recognition or not. But the man behind the marvel, K. Bikram Singh, quietly faded into oblivion. And that speaks volumes for itself.

Please do see this wonderful film, if you prefer excellence and cherish social transformations through the medium of excellent cinematography. The message in the film is relevant even more so today, and is likely to remain relevant for all times to come.

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