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Suman (1970)

Master Strokes DVD [2 Disk Set]

(A rare collection of the best first films)


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20 Short Films in 2 DVDs


Suman (1970)

Country: India

Year: 1970

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The passage from adolescence to youth is a phase during which a girl emerges from a distinctive period of her life to another significant phase. Most often there is a synchronous transition in her physical state with that of her emotional state of mind. This film poignantly depicts such a transition in a girl's life. Her changing attitudes towards her playmates, and objects around are brought out very vividly in this film.

Runtime: 16 mins



Cast: Jaya Bhaduri, Danny Denzongpa, Timilsina

Director: Madan G Bavaria


Vilaap (1971)

Country: India

Year: 1971

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

In the interior of a forest, a tree is being felled. An ordinary event, an event like the shooting of a bird or a rabbit in a forest or the violation of a girl in a lonely forest. It is an ordinary human event. The film humanizes the event of the cutting of a tree in a forest. When one tree is cut (killed, violated) the woodcutter passes on to the next tree to be cut (killed, violated?). This must go on!

Runtime: 18 mins



Cast: Pathan, Raza Murad, Subhash Soin, Manju Bansal, Jameela Malik

Director: Surendra Chawdhary


A Day With The Builders (1973)

Country: India

Year: 1973

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The film captures the grim struggle for existence of a family of unskilled laborers working on the construction of a new building.

Runtime: 14 mins



Director: C J Paulose

Music Director: Bhaskar Chandavarkar


Teevra Madhyam (1974)

Country: India

Year: 1974

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Shama and Ravi are members of a Marxist Party. Shama loves classical Indian music, a luxury of a few, and Ravi is in love with quotations and the philosophy of Marx - a need of the masses. Due to a strike, Ravi is compelled to work full-time for the party. Shama decides to give up music reluctantly and joins Ravi.

Runtime: 20 mins



Cast: Smita Patil, Ketan Mehta, Vikram Sahu, Nachiket Patwardhan, Jayant Pradhan

Director: Arun Khopkar


Awashesh (1975)

Country: India

Year: 1975

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Hari is a little boy who is neglected and isolated. While all the inmates of the house are busy in their own activities he is not able to play hide and seek with Munna. Granny, the eldest member of the family, is also neglected and not cared for. In the evening, Hari goes to the temple but does not meet any friends. Ignored by his parents in the night, he goes to Granny who showers affection on him.

Runtime: 20 mins



Cast: Rasika Oak, Abha Dhulia, Rameshwari, Rukmini Govindan, Girish, Murudkar

Director: K G Girish


Bonga (1976)

Country: India

Year: 1976

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Action, Thriller


Description

This film is based on the American gangster genre and attempts to bring out the poetry of this tradition in cinema. It makes use of the familiar elements from a typical gangster film such as a bank robbery, the get-away car, the deserted refuge in a jungle, but on a different level: the human and the comic.

Runtime: 23 mins



Cast: Satish Shah, Jitendra Sodhi, Shobhini Singh, Rakesh Bedi, Chand Gupta, Sudhir Pandey, Harry Dhaul, Suresh Oberoi, Pradeep Verma, Minakshi Anand, Anita Dua, Sujata, Daljit Kaur

Director: Kundan Shah

Music Director: Bhaskar Chandavarkar


Murder At Monkey Hill (1976)

Country: India

Year: 1976

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama, Thriller


Description

The situation is sparse and simple. A killer is hired to murder a girl in a lonely spot. But he has moments of indecision when confronted with the girl. The film satirically portrays this situation in the idiom of a typical commercial Hindi film.

Runtime: 23 mins



Cast: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anjali Paigaonkar, Dilip Dhawan

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra


Man Vs Man (1981)

Country: India

Year: 1981

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Man-pulled rickshaws, which have served Calcutta for over eight decades face virtual extinction as a result of legislation introduced by the State Government in 1981. This would rob over 100,000 people of a living. The film analyzes the critical situation, and on the basis of concrete facts and figures, questions whether such a step would be fruitful at all. The image of a man pulling a man is a depressing and a negative one - but not more negative than that of the image of a man going without food.

Runtime: 19 mins



Director: Shashi Anand


Bodhvriksha (Wisdom Tree) (1985)

Country: India

Year: 1985

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The eighty year old grandmother is perceptibly decaying. The granddaughter who nurses her becomes conscious of a kind of grace, something pure and holy, which seems to grow in her as the old woman's body withers away. The grandmother's son uses her as a means to achieve his own spiritual catharsis. This film is a powerful meditation on decay and redemption from physical suffering.

Runtime: 31 mins



Cast: Kaushalya Gidwani, Yeshwant Das, Gauri Bakhle

Director: Rajan Khosa


The Eight Column Affair (1987)

Country: India

Year: 1987

Color/BW: BW

Category: Short Film

Genre: Fantasy, Romance


Description

What happens when a photograph on the front page of a newspaper wants to meet a photograph on the last page? To do this, he must necessarily pass through several pages of the paper. He comes alive and so does the entire newspaper. Meet Robi, a marathon runner on the front page. And Shireen, a tennis champ on the last page. in The Eight Column Affair - a zany love story set in a newspaper.

Runtime: 30 mins



Cast: Nana Patekar, Shivkumar Subramanyam, Rachel Reuben, Hemendra Bhatia

Director: Sriram Raghavan


Joyce (1980)

Country: India

Year: 1980

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A married woman abandons her husband. She wanders in the night through the city. One of her points of solace is an old church where the nuns are in a spiritual world of their own. They follow one another in the long passage chanting their prayers. There is a shadow of doubt on the face of the wandering woman. Will she go back? The film tries to capture the mood of the place that ultimately influences the woman to shape her future.

Runtime: 18 mins



Cast: Swati Gokhale

Director: Jill Misquitta


Hypnothesis (1996)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1996

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama, Thriller


Description

A man leaves his house. Another applies for leave in his office. A third finishes his tea. Another gets himself shaved. All four are fresh entrants in the world of crime; kidnapping to be more precise. But the father of the kidnapped boy refuses to pay up. The son has already played this trick before and collected good ransom. The father does not believe this time it is a real thing. The kidnappers get desperate. The son has an idea. The plot thickens.

Runtime: 25 mins



Cast: Unni Krishanan, Vijay Kumar, Ganna Ramkrishnan, Veerendra Chauhan, Pinaki Bannerjee

Director: Rajat Kapoor

Music Director: Kedar Avati


Yeh Woh Shehar To Nahin (1996)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1996

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The city is in the grip of communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims. An old Hindu man and an old Muslim man, unknown to, and independent of each other, are searching for their lost sons. After a night long futile search, while returning home, they come across a pool of blood on a bridge and sit down beside it, brooding.

Runtime: 18 mins



Cast: Chandrakant Gokhale, Prabhakar Majumdar, Veerendra Chauhan

Director: Vajjha Sudhakar Rao


Jam Invalid (1997)

Country: India

Language: Hindi, English

Year: 1997

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Ambika has just come to know that she has failed once again, and she will not be given any more chances. At first, Ambika is relieved to get away. She leaves the city for her home in another city. The chaotic state of her mind and the fear of facing her parents, makes her spend the night out in the city, which at first, provides her with a sense of release. But very soon the city takes over and her confusions return even more intensely this time.

Runtime: 21 mins



Cast: Ambika Sanjana, Frenzy Bharoocha, Marzban Irani

Director: Nishta Jain

Music Director: Thomas Dennetry


Let's Talk A While (1997)

Country: India

Language: Hindi, English

Year: 1997

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A cynical young man and a romantic young woman encountered each other on a night bus journey. Each spins a story around the other. It turns out that she is going to meet someone, she has never seen before. He is apprehensive. She herself is not so sure...

Runtime: 17 mins



Cast: Gitanjali Rao, Yadu Sankalia, Nitish Pande

Director: Ruchika Oberoi


Jee Karta Tha (1997)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1997

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Barkha returns to her parents house. Her arrival brings some relief and confusion in Chaman's life. Chaman, now in her mid-twenties is stuck in a small town milieu. A third childhood friend, Rekha is waiting to get married. And there is a skein of wool, that has to be knitted fast to make Barkha's husband happy.

Runtime: 19 mins



Cast: Sheela Mishra, Seema, Rasika Oak

Director: Hansa Thapliyal


Chaitra (2002)

Also Known As: Spring

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 2000

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Madhu and his mother go to Naik wada for 'Haldi Kunku'. Naik bai insults Madhu's mother. Madhu's mother pawns her jewelry and performs a big 'Haldi Kunku' inviting Naik bai. She completes her revenge by offering her Haldi Kunku with the entire ritual and shows her that she is also capable of doing it richly. The next year when Madhu's mother is invited, life is not the same any more...

Runtime: 20 mins



Cast: Sonali Kulkarni, Lalan Sarang, Dhiresh Joshi, Abhisekh Bhave

Director: Kranti Kanade


Do Hafte Guzarte Do Hafte Nahin Lagte (2000)

Also Known As: It Hardly Takes Two Weeks For Two Weeks To Pass

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 2000

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

When Suman has to go to her mother's house, Bharat asks her to write which she refuses saying that he doesn't know how to keep it to himself. Bharat promises to find the right place for it. She is adamant but writes nonetheless and Bharat has to keep his promise now. And so begins his search for his corner in the space that belongs to many.

Runtime: 20 mins



Cast: Paresh Makashi, Shabnam Vadhera, Nupur Bannerjee, Kanchan Abhyankar, Shanti Bhushan

Director: Rajula Shah


Saanjh (The Dusk) (2004)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 2004

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A small lodge in Pune. Managed by a stern landlady, it houses an old man on the verge of becoming senile. Caught in a time wrap, he is slowly losing touch with reality. He is alone and everyone around him seems to have had enough of him. As time stops for him, for the rest of them, life goes on.

Runtime: 21 mins



Cast: Chandrakant Gokhale, Lalan Sarang, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Amrita Khanvilkar

Director: Jasmine Kaur


Dwijaa (The Twice Born) (2004)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 2004

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Short Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Set in 1930, the film is about young Mathura, a child widow who is brought back to her maternal home. It is the story of her coming to terms with the changed reality and her trying to find her own voice in the face of uncertainty. 'Dwijaa' is loosely adapted from 'Magey Valoon' (Looking Back) an autobiography of Dr Mathutai Athaley.

Runtime: 20 mins



Cast: Ketaki Karandikar, Medha Gokhale, Madhave Abhyankar, Vandana Vakhnis

Director: Pankaj Purandare

Music Director: Kedar Pandit


Format: DVD

Label:Rudraa

Catalog No: DVD-RV-0006

DVD Region: All Region

No Of Disks: 2

Subtitles: English

Video: NTSC

Additional Notes

Established masters and rising stars of Indian Cinema... many share a common legacy... the Film and Television Institute (FTII), Pune. Now a rare opportunity to experience their first masterpieces... a selection of 20 of the best first films... from Jaya Bhaduri in Madan Bavaria's Suman, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Murder at Monkey Hill to Kranti Kanade's Chaitra and Pankaj Purandare's Dwijaa... savor the experience with this unique Collector's Edition on 2 DVDs...