I watched this refined film on DD years ago and it was so touchy experience to watch it on Doordarshan when invasion of Satellite Channels has not ruined the meaningful entertainment world of Television and we get an opportunity to see some pure Indian artistic films and have some meaningful serials on Doordarshan whom my generation would love to cherish like- ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’, ‘Malgudi Days’, ‘Tamas’ to name a few.
If you think it’s another art house boring film than let me tell you that it’s one of the most interesting film that Benegal has made. For every middle class lovers of Indian small town the economic condition and caste system plays pivotal role in success. The film is a series of flashbacks narrated by a young man who witnessed the love story in his neighborhood several years ago. It’s a story of bubbly and cheerful girl of a small town who tried hard to fight against the conventional social and economic set up and ended up adjusting her life and accepting the situational conditioning. The most interesting part of the film is the way each part of the story is narrated with flashbacks and sharing of various interpretations in between the flashbacks by the narrator and his few friends.
The film was based on Dharamvir Bharati’s story by the same name with the assistance of NFDC and Doordarshan. Benegal has chosen so many shining National School of Drama actors and DD’s talented serial actors for this film without roping any senior art house actor except Amrish Puri. Some of them almost remained inseparable part of his films like- Ravi Jhankal, K.K.Raina, Raghuvir Chaudhary, Lalit Tiwari, Pallavi Joshi, Anang Desai, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Neena Gupta, Ila Arun and introduced a fresh and yet thinking actor like Rajit Kapoor whom we remembered as ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’. Even though its his debut film, he gave impeccably mature performance with all the intricacies.
I’m not sure whether one can get the film through torrents. Surprisingly I found the film in local video rental library where nobody except lunatic like me has hired it till day, said the owner.