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Marhi Da Deeva (1989)

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Dalit Jagseer Singh's troubles do not seem to end in this poignant portrayal of life in a small village of Punjab in newly independent India.




Credited cast:
Asha Sharma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
(as Kanwaljeet)


Jasbir, the son of the sharecropper, Thola, is treated as a brother by the landlord Dharam Singh. The landlord's son, however, does not continue this family tradition. As Jasbir's mother belongs to a nomed caste, the hero's love for the bride of the impotent barber Nika is fraught with problems. Symbolically, the building of Jasbir's father's tomb and then of his own tomb hastens jasbir's physical deterioration and death.

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excellent storyline
19 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Direction & Screen Play : Surinder Singh

Music : Mohinderjit Singh

Starring : Raj Babbar, Dipti Naval, Kanwaljit, Parikshit Sahini, Asha Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor ( in special appearance)

The film is a social tragedy born out of the gradual transformation of feudalism into capitalism. It concerns the predicament of the protagonist Jasgir who becomes the victim of the exploiters tendencies of the Young landlord. His father was treated kindly by the elder landlord but the son Bhanta tries to retrieve all what his father had given to Jagsir. Against the background of this external oppression Jagsir is also deprived of normal life because he belongs to low caste and cannot marry from among his own people as his parents marriage itself was not acceptable to his maternal grandparents, who discarded his mother. Jagsir is thus condemned to live and dies without a child who will light a lamp at his tomb. Jagsir however falls in love with his friend's wife Bhani. Does love hold any promise for the future or is Jagsir to drag his life to death and become extinct without anybody to light his tomb?

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