Shyam Benegal (1976)

PG Certificate


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Influential director Shyam Benegal's earnest rural morality tale stars Girish Karnad's as the enlightened doctor who arrives in a remote village to confound the forces of conservatism and establish a milk co-operative. The drama consistently recalls the socialist realist films produced in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, but Benegal spices things up with an affair between Karnad and local activist Smita Patil. Despite the legend that it was funded by two-rupee donations from 500,000 Gujarati farmers, it was actually financed by the National Dairy Development Board in a bid to improve its tarnished reputation.


A team of engineers arrive in a small town to help set up a milk co-op - but are stunned to meet with unexpectedly strong resistance from the residents. Human drama, the second of two films being shown as a tribute to actress Smita Patel, who died in 1986 at the age of 33. Also starring Girish Karnad and Naseeruddin Shah. In Hindi with English subtitles.

Cast & Crew

Dr Rao Girish Karnad
Bhola Naseeruddin Shah
Sarpanch Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Bindu Smita Patil
Mishraji Amrish Puri
Director Shyam Benegal
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Other Information

Language: Hindi +subtitlesColour