Revisited the 1980 Govind Nihalani arthouse movie Aakrosh starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Smita Patil (in a brief role). Written by Vijay Tendulkar the film revolves around the alleged murder of his wife by an adivasi wood cutter. Naseer takes up the case as his first lawyerly assignment as the court assigned defence counsel with Amrish Puri acting as the prosecution counsel. There are a series of mysterious incidents involving Naseer which leads him to believe that all that is related to the case. Nihalani has managed to put in an under current of Hitchcockian suspense throughout the movie. Classic case of upper caste domination over the adivasis and trampling of their rights to justice. It is a deadly movie by any standards. The intensity of Naseer and Om Puri is stunning in its magnificience. Superb screenplay and camera work. Govind Nihalani has gone on to direct such brilliant movies as Ardh Satya, Tamas, Party among others.
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A grim look at the reality of caste structure, local politics, highly pre-dominant patriarchial system in villages. The film takes an example of one village in which one idealist is trying to implement a co-operative system for production of milk but the village sarpanch and the local dealer are preventing it through means foul rather than fair. Anything and everything goes in a village including a cooked up sexual rape charge, local politicians currying favour with the higher levels at the state and national levels to influence decisions which favour them. This movie was made in 1976 but i am sure that even today, there are thousands of such villages in India, where the caste structure and feudal lordship predominate. The panchayat system of governance is more broken than successful. Such a sorry state of affairs. Brilliant acting by Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad & Smita Patil. Quite an underrated touch of brilliance by Shyam Benegal.
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