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Pinjra (I) (1972)

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A respected village schoolteacher falls for a travelling dancer and faces a moral dilemma.

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An Incredibly emotional film
19 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of greatest masterpiece by master of Cinema V Shantaram. Made in 70s it explores a complex web love, sex and relationships. Why and how people lose the respect in their own eyes, of choices or lack of choices people make in their life.

Its a rather simple story of educated , intellectual man who is regarded by everybody and himself perhaps as ideal man, but inside this image of himself he is still just a man, and that why his life turns upside down when he is seduced by a strip dancer , rather euphemism for being just short of a prostitute. He could not control his instinctive urge for her and falls for her charm but at same could not define what relationship he sought with her. He feels jealousy , anger when he sees her with other men but could not determine if what he had for her is just lust or love.

Then some turns of events took place where he has to choose between lust for this dancer and his respectful place as a ideal man in society. He chooses first but later find out that he cant live a life like a pimp , without respect and dignity. It raises some really thought provoking of whats meaning of human life without respect. Can a man live without dignity ? Is such life worth living or death with respect is better? In one of the most emotional scenes of movie actor sees dog eating besides him and wonders how is he different from dog and realizes this isn't life but a cage (pinjara). Losing all respect one had is worse than never having it at first place. Being brought to her level , she realizes this isn't what she wanted from this relationship but then no can turn back wheel of time and once lost can never be gained again. In end he chose to die as a image of person as he was rather than what really became of him so that people who believed in him doesn't lose faith in characters of men. A epitome of quote 'either you die a hero or live long to see yourself turn into villain'. This movie shows that journey though the corridors of lust & love.

Its a must watch movie for anyone who wants to explore complex web love , life and life with respect and love with meaning and how all of this can be turned upside down by a very basic human urge of sex. A masterpiece & classical Greek tragedy.


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