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Mane (1989)

The Best Of Indian Cinema VCD

(A Selection Of Award Winning & Internationally Acclaimed Films)


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Set Of 10 Films In English Subtitled VCDs


Mane (1989)

Also Known As: The Dwelling

Country: India

Language: Kannada

Year: 1989

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Naseerudin Shah and Deepti Naval play their hearts out as a young couple who have finally found their own house, but are then driven crazy by the neighbors. One of Girish Kasaravalli's finest works, he shows his talent to create suspense and build a plot around a mysterious and abstract obstacle. Rajanna (Naseerudin Shah) and Geeta (Deepti Naval) are a just married couple, bursting with desire to start living together. They set up their home in a crowded street in the big city. Soon, however, the smooth flow of their lives is disrupted as they try to get rid of the intolerable noise created by a neighboring workshop. It's an embarrassing and compromising struggle, especially for Geeta who has to deal with a wily police officer. Two brilliant actors, Naseeruddin Shah and Deepti Naval give one of their best performances in this intimate film.



Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Rohini Hattangadi, Mico Chandru

Director: Girish Kasaravalli

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Kanooru Heggadithi (1999)

Also Known As: Mistress of the House of Kanooru

Country: India

Language: Kannada

Year: 1999

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Kanooru Heggadithi is significant because it marks Girish Karnad's return to film direction after over a decade. Shashi Kapoor's Utsav in Hindi, was the last film for which he wielded the megaphone.

Kuvempu's novel has been held in high reverence by literary circles for the past five decades for its highly evocative and authentic recreation of the feudalism of the pre-independence days, when man was supreme and the woman was invariably held in abject subjugation.

Subbamma, the mistress of the house is a born rebel and spurs even an unfriendly cluster of women folk around her in the sprawling habitat into periodic acts of defiance. And, when Chandre Gowda dies a miserable death, groaning under the weight of his own tyranny and subsequent repentance as it were, handing over the mantle to her, she revolts by her own brand of promiscuity, as if to avenge all the wrongs done by man to woman. She destroys herself in the end, of course, but not without putting up a brave fight against machismo.

The film ends with Hooviah, a liberal intellectual of those barbaric and feudal days, steeped in his study of the great thinkers of the day in an ambience hardly conducive to such cerebral quests, inheriting the mantle after all the practitioners and beneficiaries of feudalism have had their desserts. This is where the social relevance of Kanooru Heggadithi lies, even in the present day, when society is breathing easy, helping itself to the layers of fresh thoughts and attitudes.



Cast: Girish Karnad, Srinivasa Prabhu, Tara, Mallika Prasad

Director: Girish Karnad

Music Director: B V Karanth

Story: Kuvempu


Mathadana (2002)

Also Known As: Mandate / Election

Country: India

Language: Kannada

Year: 2002

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The film, set in post independent rural India , focuses on the politics of votes.

With powerful performances from Anant Nag and Devraj who portray Ramalinge Gowda and Markanda Gowda, two political opponents in a small village who try all tricks to exploit the gullible villagers and grab their votes; the film gives a bird's eye view of caster based politics and rural society.

'Mathadaana' conveys a message about the value of individual votes in a democracy through a gripping script and theme.



Cast: Anant Nag, Devraj, Tara, Hemant Hegde, Aviansh, Mukhya Mantri Chandru

Director: T N Seetharam

Music Director: V Manohar, C Ashwat

Story: Dr S L Byarappa


Akriet (1981)

Also Known As: Misbegotten

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1981

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

An internationally acclaimed film, "Akriet" (Misbegotten) is a savage account of superstition and blind faith in rural India . The film is based on the real life incident of the Manwad mass murders where five young girls were sacrificed to appease an evil spirit lodged in a tree. A corrupt man wants to get-rich-quick and his equally unscrupulous mistress wants a child. She embarks on the ritual of sacrificing five maidens for the fulfillment of their goals. Crisp pace and suspense mark this highly praised thriller.



Cast: Chitra Palekar, Amol Palekar, Rekha Sabnis, Dilip Kulkarni, Vilas Vanjari, Prakash Kulkarni, Rani Sabnis

Director: Amol Palekar

Music Director: Bhaskar Chandavarkar

Screenplay: Vijay Tendulkar


Tiladaanam (2001)

Also Known As: The Rite - A Passion

Country: India

Language: Telugu

Year: 2001

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Tiladanam, is the first Telugu film to get an International award and the first Indian film at Pusan to get the award. Subbaiah Sastry, a highly respected scholar in his prime endures his neighbors, contempt due to his acceptance of Tiladanam, a lowly rite involving acceptance of the sins of the dead in exchange for money. At odds with his son, Raghuram, a terrorist hunted by the police, Subbaiah has to perform an arcane, yet expensive, ritual to save his son and grandson from an evil influence. Portraying a father's belief in his religion and traditions versus his son's revolutionary ideology, the film focuses on the changing economic position of the Brahmins in today's changing times.



Cast: H G Dattatreya, Jaya Seal, Brahmaji, AVS, Bharani, Annapurna, Attili Laxmi, Prasad Babu

Director: K N T Sastry

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Stri (1995)

Also Known As: The Woman, Stree

Country: India

Language: Telugu

Year: 1995

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

'A simple story of an illiterate woman totally faithful to a man whom she intensely loves' is how the director describes the film belying it's emotional complexity that shows the internal conflict between a man and a woman. On the face of it, Rangi and Paddalu are a devoted, happily married couple living for each other. But when Paddalu scarpers with a boatman's cargo, Rangi, left behind, confesses that she's not his wife at all. She was acting as a decoy so he could get away with the booty intended for Paddalu's other woman, a younger, more beautiful girl. Yet she says Paddalu is her man. 'Without me he cannot live.' Why is she prepared to put her own life and liberty at risk for a man who treats her callously?



Cast: Rohini, Vijay, P L Narayana, S Bheemeswara Rao

Director: K S Sethumadhavan

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Thodu (1997)

Also Known As: Companion

Country: India

Language: Telugu

Year: 1997

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Gangadharam and Vijayalakshmi are in their fifties, living alone since losing their partners. For Gangadharam life is miserable. But Vijayalakshmi begins to lean music as she has more leisure time. Gangadharam wants to marry her for companionship and with great difficulty, broaches the idea of marriage. At first, she laughs it off. But when she sees how humiliated Gangadharam feels, she explains that it was not directed at his proposal. After a few months Gangadharam goes to his daughter's house and spends a joyous fortnight with his grandson. Now Vijayalakshmi experiences what is to be lonely. For the past one-year both of them had shared a deep friendship even while living apart in their respective homes. For Vijayalakshmi it is the first time she has experienced such a friendship.



Cast: Sarat Babu, Geetha, Brahmandam, AVS

Director: Akkineni Kutumba Rao

Music Director: Dr Balamurali Krishna


22 June 1897 (1979)

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1979

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama, History


Description

On the 22nd of June in 1897, British officer Walter Rand was assassinated on the Ganeshkhind Road, Poona, on his way back from a Government house party celebrating the Coronation anniversary of Queen Victoria. The film is based on the events leading up to and the consequences of this murder.



Cast: Prabhakar Patankar, Ravindra Mankani, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Udayan Dixit, Rod Gilbert, John Irving

Director: Jayoo Patwardhan, Nachiket Patwardhan

Music Director: Anand Modak


Marupakkam (1990)

Also Known As: The Other Side

Country: India

Language: Tamil

Year: 1990

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Ambi returns home and is shocked to see his father unable to recognize his own son. His father, Vembu Iyer, a strong and uncompromising character known for his Vedic scholarship and sever orthodoxy is now reduced to the state of total silence, living in his own private universe of memories. Ambi learns that Vembu Iyer has retreated into silence ever since he heard about his son's unhappy marriage. Ambi is unable to understand why his father who was against his marriage to a Christian girl, has reacted in this way to his seperation from her. Gradually Vembu Iyer's self-guilt begins to surface and Ambi starts to unravel the story of Vembu Iyer's stepmother.



Cast: Shivkumar, Jaya Bharathi, Radha

Director: K S Sethumadhavan

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Karuvelam Pookkal (1996)

Also Known As: Creatures of Darkness

Country: India

Language: Tamil

Year: 1996

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The story of a village in Tamil Nadu, India , the film follows the struggles of a people to eke out a living. Lack of rains forces these traditional agricultural laborers to seek alternate employment. Like many other families, Nallamuthu sends his adolescent daughter to work in the match factory in the nearby town. Though the work is hard with harsh working conditions, the money that Dhanalaxmi brings home corrupts Nallamuthu. Nallamuthu overlooks the urban influence in the form of good clothes and cosmetics, until Dhanalaxmi, tired of her life and now more independent and self-confident elopes with a fellow worker from a different caste. Events take a dramatic turn, but in all the turmoil, the routine continues in the village with the buses continuing to ferry the young workers to the match factory.



Cast: Naseer, Thalaivasal Vijay, Radhika

Director: Poomani

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja


Format: VCD

Label:Rudraa

Subtitles: English