The film seems like an amalgamation of several films we’ve seen, Mrinal Sen’s Ek Din Pratidin, Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar & Sai Paranjype’s Katha among others, but the film as a whole manages to succeed in making it a progressive commentary & leave a lasting impression upon the viewers.

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A woman (Deepti Naval) gets married to Alok (Alok Nath) and comes to Mumbai.  It is revealed that Alok was forced into the marriage by his out-of-work father ( Rajendra Gupta). The younger brother of Alok is also a wastrel and a drunkard, who frequently gets embroiled in all sorts of skirmishes and hooliganism which is commonplace in the neighborhood where they lived.

Alok forsakes the family and disappears; Deepti Naval goes out of the house to work and develops affection for a colleague (Pankaj Kapoor).  Watch the film to know what happens…the supporting cast includes Kulbushan Kharbanda, Susmita Mukherjee & others. In particular, Kulbushan Kharbanda is a treat to watch in this film.

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The technique of the dead father (Kulbushan Kharbanda) making an appearance and encouraging his daughter Deepti during her state of depression and in moments of decision making is quite novel and effective.  The film is directed by Sudhir Mishra.

I particularly found the breaking away of the protagonist from the shackles of conformity at the end a reflection of progressive ideas emanating from serious filmmakers of the 80s for the first time. Remember even in Ray’s CHARULATA (1964), or Yash Chopra’s SILSILA the protagonist goes back to her marriage.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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