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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?
It can be considered as one of best films the Punjabi Cinema ever produced. It is a critically acclaimed and well-received film based on a novel of the same name " Marhi Da Deeva' (Light of a Tomb) by veteran novelist Mr. Gurdial Singh. You can easily imagine the quality of the film that it won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi in 1989. The film's director Surinder Singh did 100% justice to the classic work. The film revolves around the centric character Jagsir (Jagsa) played extremely well by actor Raj Babbar, who belongs to lower cast and totally helpless by the out-dated customs of Indian Rural Society where lower cast people are not treated as normal human being. All the actors Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval, Pankaj Kapur, Prikshat Sahni, Kanwaljeet, Harbhajan Jabbal did their roles brilliantly. I strongly suggest this film to sincere viewers who admire serious & quality work.
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It is an excellent movie direction wise ,acting wise ,story ,screenplay cinematography wise.This movie is based on the novel of famous novelist Mr. Gurdial Singh Phull and director of this movie did 100 percent justice with the theme and storyline of this famous literary work.This is a worth seeing movie for a sincere and serious movie viewer.All the artists performed in this movie are basically stage artists.Raj Babbar,Deepti Naval,Pankaj Kapoor did their roles extra well.The movie gives the viewers a chance to have a look on the Indian rural way of life and their customs and it explores so many other layers of the Northern Indian rural society .It also brings the viewer in the depth of mind of a person who is totally helpless before the outdated customs of the society .
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