Posted: October 15, 2012 in Hindi films, Smita Patil

In this tale of greed against the setting of an industrial house, a son-in-law (Amol Palekar) and other relatives such as nephew Dinesh (Girish Karnad) want to usurp the business of a factory owner (Sreeram Lagoo). The director Kumar Shahani weaves in communist ideologue while narrating lives of the factory workers and their families. These characters are fleshed out credibly by Smita Patil, M K Raina, Om Puri, Sulabha Deshpande, Satyadev Dubey and others.

This 1984 made film is rather bleak, much like the films of Ghatak – the mentor of the director and devoid of any lovable characters. The frames move far too slowly, and the film becomes depressive much like the character of the daughter Hansa of Sreeram Lagoo (Wife of Amol Palekar) in the film. The narrative style is simplistic and linear, and I failed to detect any silver lining in this gloomy crowd of oppressive and oppressed characters.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5


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