Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mandi - Shyam Benegal

I'd been a bit apprehensive about watching this one, assuming it would be another arty sob story about prostitution etc etc

But it turned out to be way better than I'd expected.

Not a lot to the story, a lady runs a brothel, with uncommon spunk. Development demands that she vacate the land to make way for a big building. High morality is invoked as convinient. The conflicting pressures are shown beautifully, nari niketan can work for big business, but then the big business also needs the brothel, and the stand offs can be interesting and satirical. The movie is, after all, made in a vein of black humour.

Amazingly actors, amazing direction and a very good movie overall.


quaintkal said...

better late than never! 'Mandi' is one of Benegal's masterpieces if i can call it that. performances (3 of my favourite actors), music, direction, the dark humour. :)

you know your post took me back to the early 90s. i have been watching all sorts of cinema since aeons. i miss those days when i must have seen so many of the so called 'art' films from Benegal, and the other geniuses, regional cinema included. sigh

quaintkal said...

Have you seen 'Sardari Begum' by any chance? :) would make an interesting watch for you.

Tess said...

@kal - yes, better late than never indeed! In fact this reminded me, that I should check out a whole set of the 'parallel cinema' movies that I've missed, and yes, a lot of it not in hindi, ( lovely stuff in bengali, marathi, malyalam and so many others)

Thanks for the reco on Sardari Begum, I haven't seen it, will check it out!