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Magunira Shagada (2001)

| Drama | 2001 (India)
Maguni is a bullock cart driver.. One day the news spread that people will no longer ride in Maguni's cart, because the Singh family plans to ply a motor bus into town.

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Dhirendra Basa
Nila Mani Behera
Asrumochan Mohanty ...
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Manorama Mohanty
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Maguni is a bullock cart driver.. One day the news spread that people will no longer ride in Maguni's cart, because the Singh family plans to ply a motor bus into town.

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Magunira's cart wheel

If one reads the stories of Tolstoy, his stories revolve mostly around desolate winters in the rural textures and the high prominence of Religion. Minus the cold the same can be found in Prafulla Mohanty's Magunira Shagada. A film that is set in a tribal village of Balasore called Haripur. The films context revolves around a village simpleton called Magunira. He loves his 2 bullocks named Kalia and Kasara ( the film is filled with their names being called almost every 2 mins)Having childllike innocence with him Magunira is the cart puller who ferries passengers from the station to their destination. We see an elaborate scene where he is married off to a beautiful creature called Kusum. Tragedy strikes with the advent of modernisation with the arrival of a Bus which starts pulling all the passengers from Magunira's cart. Leading to a frustrated Magunira been driven to poverty, then leads to an untimely death of his wife Kusum in hunger. The film is filled with religious parabolas of people asking questions on mortality, come-uppance, life after death, the yin-yang question of happiness vs. sorrows. the film though is really good shows the the turn around of Magunira from a village simpleton into a Marxeque looking figure babbling in hunger about betrayal and loss. The films seeks to depict the futile nature of things and the betrayal of the brethren villagers. The death of Magunira was shown in the first scene so by the end you already know where this was headed. If one reads the stories of Tolstoy, his stories revolve mostly around desolate winters in the rural textures and the high prominence of Religion. Minus the cold the same can be found in Prafulla Mohanty's Magunira Shagada. A film that is set in a tribal village of Balasore called Haripur. The films context revolves around a village simpleton called Magunira. He loves his 2 bullocks named Kalia and Kasara ( the film is filled with their names being called almost every 2 mins)Having childllike innocence with him Magunira is the cart puller who ferries passengers from the station to their destination. We see an elaborate scene where he is married off to a beautiful creature called Kusum. Tragedy strikes with the advent of modernization with the arrival of a Bus which starts pulling all the passengers from Magunira's cart. Leading to a frustrated Magunira been driven to poverty, then leads to an untimely death of his wife Kusum in hunger. The film is filled with religious parabolas of people asking questions on mortality, comeuppance, life after death, the yin-yang question of happiness vs. sorrows. the film though is really good shows the the turn around of Magunira from a village simpleton into a Marxeque looking figure babbling in hunger about betrayal and loss. The films seeks to depict the futile nature of things and the betrayal of the brethren villagers. The death of Magunira was shown in the first scene so by the end you already know where this was headed.


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