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The Ritual (1977)

Ghatashraddha (original title)
A young Brahmin Vedic school student, who is from an aristocratic family, befriends his school master's daughter who is a pregnant widow. The boy tries but fails in concealing his friend's ... See full summary »


Girish Kasaravalli


U.R. Ananthamurthy (novel) (as Ananthamurthy U.R.), U.R. Ananthamurthy (story) (as Ananthamurthy U.R.) | 2 more credits »
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A young Brahmin Vedic school student, who is from an aristocratic family, befriends his school master's daughter who is a pregnant widow. The boy tries but fails in concealing his friend's pregnancy. The widow has an abortion forced on her, has the eponymous ritual performed on her and is excommunicated. The student returns home as his school shuts down.

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A Masterpiece
24 May 2010 | by veereshgSee all my reviews

Ghatashradha (The Ritual) is Kannada language movie, directed by Legendary Girish Kasaravalli. Its based on Jnanapeeth award winner U.R.Ananthamurthy's short story.

The film was set in 1920s and depicts a rural village in Karnataka, where a young widow, the daughter of a village scholar who runs a local school, finds herself pregnant after being seduced by a teacher. While the girl remains unaware of the happenings within and around her, she is excommunicated by her father, who performs her funeral rites (Ghatashraddha), while she is still alive. A little boy through whose eyes the entire story is perceived goes back home, after the school is closed down following the incident.

This movie also shows a clear picture of caste division amongst Brahmins and untouchables in quite a few scenes.

The best part of the movie is, before the climax scene where the Shudra slave says to the main priest "He had saved his daughter (who got pregnant being a widow) even from the snakes, but could not save her from a Brahmin" The entire credit goes to Girish Kasaravalli for beautiful narration, and perfect direction. Meena(the girl) and Ajit(kid) acted brilliantly. Watch it for soul touching story and superb performance. Truly deserved an Oscar.

I am going with 9/10 for Girish Kasaravalli's Ghatashraddha.

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