Bhumika :Bhumika is the story of Usha. A sweet sensitive child, she lives an inner life of her own brightened only by music. When her alcoholic father dies, Keshav, a family friend steps in as the man of the house. Though a decade older than Usha, he has fixed his eyes on her. Keshav takes the family to Bombay, where Usha, spotted in an audition rises meteorically in the film world. Her success makes Keshav uneasy and he convinces Usha to marry him. Even then Usha feels suffocated and leaves home. She takes up relationships with a number of men, none satisfying. Years, later when she returns home, finds her daughter grown up and married does she realize that she has 'lived' a number of roles, but not, a life.
Ankur :This debut directorial film from Shyam Benegal, deals with social disparities and exploitation. The film focuses on power and privilege with careful thought and acute perception. The film won Bengal immediate recognition as a film maker of maturity and promise, both in India and abroad. The story deals with the boredom of a colllege student, Surya (Anant Nag), at his family farm and his attraction towards Laxmi (Shabana Azami), the comely wife of poor, deaf and dumb potter, Kishtaya (Sadhu Meher). When Kishtaya is punished and humiliated for petty crime, he runs away. Alone and vulnerable, Laxmi succumbs to the advances of Surya, and becomes pregnant. When she is thrown out of the job by Saru (Priya Tendulkar), Surya's wife, she is totally alone and destitute. The characters and their complex motivations are dealt with deftly, aided by a brilliant performance from Shabana Azmi, in her first film.
Junoon :The Movie Chronicles The Period Of 1857 To 1858 When The Soldiers Of The East India Company Mutinied And Many Smaller Kingdoms Joined The Soldiers In The Hope Of Regainning Their Territories From The English. The Movie Is Shown From The Perspective Of One Of The Leaders Of The Fight (Shashi Kapoor).
Kondura :Jogamma is the widow of Brahmin Pandit Range Rao, and lives in a coastal village in Southern India along with her two married sons, Narsimha, who is married to Seethamma and has two sons; while Parasuram is married to Ansuya. Narsimha, who not only looks after the estate, but also works as a clerk, often ends up chiding Parsuram to do something proactive. A frustrated Parshuram, not able to bear the taunts of his family anymore decides to run away from home, but has an encounter with a Sage named Kondura, who is believed to be living under the sea for ions. Kondura bestows a boon upon him, asks him not to misues it, and be a celibate. A disbelieving Parshuram returns home, finds out that Guru is yet another person who was granted the boon of finding water, even in arid areas, and asks him to help dig a well. Guru does help and water is discovered shortly thereafter. Parshuram claims that he can also convers with a Goddess in the local Mandir. Things change when the villagers realize that he is telling the truth, and in no time at all Parsuram himself becomes a sage in his own right. When the Goddess appears before him, she instructs him to re-build her temple, and he does so with the help of Zamindar Bhairavmoorthy, a cruel, self-centered man, who is known to have had many sexual relationships, including one with his sister-in-law, but is known to be impotent. His brother gave birth to a crippled boy, Venu, and passed away. Bhairav brought up Venu, educated him, but treats him with contempt, whips him frequently, gets him married to a good-looking, but poor woman named Parvati. With money coming in from Bhairav, the temple is built, however, the Goddess is unhappy and tells Parsuram that sin is flourishing in this village. It is then that Parvati becomes pregnant, and everyone believes that Bhairav has overcome his impotence and is the father. Believing Bhairav to be behind all sins in this village, Parsuram sets about to reverse this, and manages to fool Parvati to drink a concoction, the very boon that was granted by Kondura, that will make her about this child. Shortly thereafter Parsuram finds out that Venu is the to-be father, and now guilt-ridden, he must find a way to reverse this, even if it means incurring the wrath of Kondura and the Goddess.
Mandi :Purantapalli, a small town, which had seen better days when the feudal landlords used the town as a watering place, the bordello int he center of the town being one of the main attractions or the only attraction for them. While the madam of the 'establishment' on preserving the image of her house as a high class one, the girls seem bent on proving it otherwise. With feudalism giving way to the arrival of the rather hypocritical middle class, the bordello becomes the target. A smooth real estate developer, some self appinted, keepers of the morals and sundry others succeed in outsting the girls from their home, but with unintentional results. Wherever the bordello goes fame follows, forcing the smooth operating real estate developer to come to terms with the madame of the house. A captivating, film from Shyam Bengal, with some touching and sometimes funny moments.
Nishant :Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest son of the powerful, and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and protection of his family, which also includes bending the law to his own advantage. Vishwam is married to Rukmani (Smita Patil), and unlike his brothers, does not indulge in alcohol or women, nor does he have any bad habits. Then the village gets a new schoolmaster (Girish Karnad), who has a wife, Sushilla (Shabana Azmi). When Vishwam sees for the first time, he is unable to take his off of her, and unable to get her out of his mind. Sushilla does not reciprocate his attentions. Then one night, while the schoolmaster is returning home, he sees a vehicle pull up outside his house, and two men grab Sushilla and take her forcibly. Several people are present no one dares to raise a hand nor even a voice to stop this abduction. What will the schoolmaster do to get his wife back, knowling fully well that the Police patel (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is one of the Zamindar's men.
Trikal :The film is set in Goa just before the Indian Army liberated it from Portuguese rule. Ana the daughter of the Souza-Soares family is about to be engaged to Erasmo, when her beloved grand father dies suddenly. Her distraught grandmother tries to contact the spirit of her dead husband, but keeps raising the ghosts of people her family has wronged in the past! All the while Anna's real love has been hiding in the basement. As Anna and Erasmo's wedding draws near, Erasmo finds that Anna is pregnant!Ruiz Pereira tells us the story in flashback. He is back in Goa after twenty-four years, but the events are still fresh in his memory. He was a visitor when all that happened.
Kalyug :Ramchand and Bhishamchand were two pioneering brothers in business. Bhishamchand, a life-long bachelor broght up the two sons of Ramchand on his demise. He also gave the family business a firm foundation. Khubchand (Vinod Doshi) the older son of Ramchand begets two sons, Dhanraj (Victor Banerjee) and Sandeepraj (Akash Khurana). Puranchand, Khubchand's younger brother had died a few years ago. His three sons are Dharamraj (Raj Babbar), Balraj (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and Bharatraj (Anant Nag). The film is tale of intrigue, plots and the inevitable war between the two families. Another player in the game is Karan (Shashi Kapoor) an orphan brought up by Bhishamchand. A series of events take place that bring the long hidden feud between the two families to light and despits Bhishamchand's efforts to mediate between the two, the situation gets out of hand and events take a tragic turn. Dhanraj's men accidentally kill the young son of Balraj and to take revenge Bharatraj murders Karan. Quite a few skeletons from the family cupboard are brought out in the open that adds to the tensions and hatred, finally culminating in the destruction of the two families making us ponder on the brittleness of our moral fabric.
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