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Bhumika: The Role (1977)

Timeless Masterpieces - Shyam Benegal DVD [8 Disc Set]


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Set of 8 Movies


Bhumika: The Role (1977)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1977

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar). Keshav takes a liking to young Urvashi, and encourages her to explore her talents in films, which she does, and does gain popularity, starting as a singer, than accomplishing herself as an actress/singer. She decides to marry Keshav, only to be discouraged by her own mother, but she is strong-willed, and does marry him. She has a baby girl after the marriage, but feels stifled and oppressed with Keshav, and has affairs with her co-star Rajan (Anant Nag), a film producer, Sunil Verma (Naseeruddin Shah), but ends up dissatisfied. Then she meets wealthy Vinayak Kale (Amrish Puri), and decides to settle down with him, little knowing that he is already married to another woman, and also has a son. By the time she finds out it is too late, she has already been accepted in his household, and any woman, whether his own mother (Dina Pathak), his present handicapped wife, and even Urvashi have to follow the rules laid down - no women can leave the house under any circumstances, except after death.



Cast: Smita Patil, Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri, Sulabha Deshpande, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Dina Pathak, Mohan Agashe, Om Puri, Benjamin Gilani, B V Karanth

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Ankur (1974)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1974

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Laxmi (Shabana Azmi) lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya(Sadhu Meher), who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya (Anant Nag), has to cancel his studies and return home to look after the estate, as well as formalize his marriage to Saroj (Priya Tahil), the girl he was compelled to get married to when he was very young. Shortly thereafter Kishtaya is apprehended stealing toddy from the fields, is severely beaten, left senseless, and when he recovers he absconds, leaving Laxmi alone to fend for herself. Surya finds her attractive and starts an intimate relationship with her, much to the chagrin of the rest of the family. Things only get worse when Saroj moves in to live with Surya - compelling him to make a final decision about a visibly pregnant Laxmi.



Cast: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag, Dalip Tahil, Priya Tendulkar

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Junoon (1978)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1978

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

1857, India is in turmoil. Units of East India Company are in revolt, leading to a popular uprising against British Rule. One scorching Sunday morning in May, a church is attacked and some Englishmen are massacred. Only Mariam Labadoor, the widow of one of the Englishmen, her daughter Ruth, and her mother Mrs James are the survivors. Javed Khan, a brother in law of Sarfaraz Khan, the sepoy who led the massacre, sees Ruth and is obsessed with her and gives her shelter in his home. He will not be at peace until he possesses her. Instead of joining the fight for freedom, Javed Khan stays home, bent upon marrying Ruth, by force...



Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Jennifer Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Nafisa Ali, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Tom Alter, Sushma Seth, Deepti Naval, Benjamin Gilani, Jalal Agha, Sanjana Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Pearl Padamsee, Geoffrey Kendal

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Story: Ruskin Bond


Kondura (1978)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1978

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Jogamma (Jhansi) is the widow of Brahmin Pandit Range Rao , and lives in a coastal village in Southern India along with her two married sons, Narsimha (Siddesh), who is married to Seethamma and has two son; while Parasuram (Anant Nag) is married to Ansuya (Vanisree). Narsimha, who not only looks after the estate, but also works as a clerk, often ends up chiding Parsuram to do something proactive. A frustrated Parshuram, not able to bear the taunts of his family anymore decides to run away from home, but has an encounter with a Sage named Kondura, who is believed to be living under the sea for ions. Kondura bestows a boon upon him, asks him not to misuse it, and be a celibate. A disbelieving Parshuram returns home, finds out that Guru is yet another person who was granted the boon of finding water, even in arid areas, and asks him to help dig a well. Guru does help and water is discovered shortly thereafter. Parshuram claims that he can also converse with a Goddess in the local Mandir. Things change when the villagers realize that he is telling the truth, and in no time at all Parsuram himself becomes a sage in his own right. When the Goddess appears before him, she instructs him to re-build her temple, and he does so with the help of Zamindar Bhairavmoorthy, a cruel, self-centered man, who is known to have had many sexual relationships, including one with his sister-in-law, but is known to be impotent. His brother gave birth to a crippled boy, Venu, and passed away. Bhairav brought up Venu, educated him, but treats him with contempt, whips him frequently, gets him married to a good-looking, but poor woman named Parvati. With money coming in from Bhairav, the temple is built, however, the Goddess is unhappy and tells Parsuram that sin is flourishing in this village. It is then that Parvati becomes pregnant, and everyone believes that Bhairav has overcome his impotence and is the father. Believing Bhairav to be behind all sins in this village, Parsuram sets about to reverse this, and manages to fool Parvati to drink a concoction, the very boon that was granted by Kondura, that will make her abort this child. Shortly thereafter Parsuram finds out that Venu is the to-be father, and now guilt-ridden, he must find a way to reverse this, even if it means incurring the wrath of Kondura and the Goddess.



Cast: Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri, Shekhar Chatterjee, Sulabha Deshpande, Satyadev Dubey, Prabhakar Reddy, Vanisree

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Mandi (1983)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1983

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

For years an aging Rukmini Bai (Shabana Azmi) has been the Madame of a brothel in Hyderabad, India. One day she gets the news that she now has a new landlord in Mr. Gupta (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), whose daughter is to marry the mayor's son Sushil, shortly. Lead by City Councillor, Shantidevi, the people in this town demand that this bordello be moved elsewhere, preferably on the outskirts of the town, and they do succeed, compelling Rukmini to move with her women to their new location, which happens to be near the Dargah of Baba Karak Shah. Ironically, this attracts a lot of people, and the patronage to Rukmini's bordello increases. Then complications set in when Sushil refuses to marry his father's choice, child-like Malti, and wants to marry Zeenat (Smita Patil) - a prostitute, not entirely by choice and seeking for a better existence, who resides with Rukmini.



Cast: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Amrish Puri, Saeed Jaffery, Om Puri, Neena Gupta, Ratna Pathak, Pankaj Kapur, Soni Razdan, Ila Arun, Gita Siddharth, Sreela Majumdar, Khokha Mukherjee

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Nishant (1975)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1975

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest son of the powerful, and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and protection of his family, which also includes bending the law to his own advantage. Vishwam is married to Rukmani (Smita Patil), and unlike his brothers, does not indulge in alcohol or women, nor does he have any bad habits. Then the village gets a new schoolmaster (Girish Karnad), who has a wife, Sushilla (Shabana Azmi). When Vishwam sees for the first time, he is unable to take his off of her, and unable to get her out of his mind. Sushilla does not reciprocate his attentions. Then one night, while the schoolmaster is returning home, he sees a vehicle pull up outside his house, and two men grab Sushilla and take her forcibly. Several people are present no one dares to raise a hand nor even a voice to stop this abduction. What will the schoolmaster do to get his wife back, knowling fully well that the Police patel (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is one of the Zamindar's men.



Cast: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Girish Karnad, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri, Mohan Agashe, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Naseeruddin Shah, Sadhu Meher

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Screenplay: Vijay Tendulkar


Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1985

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Circa 1961 Dona Maria Souzasoares (Leela Naidu) lives a wealthy lifestyle in Portuguese-occupied Goa in post-independent India along with her husband, Ernesto (Lucky Ali); a daughter, Silvia (Anita Kanwar), her husband, Lucio, and their two daughters Aurora (Soni Razdan) and Anna (Sushma Prakash). Also living in this household as a maidservant is Milagrenia (Neena Gupta ), the illegitimate daughter of Ernesto, who was sired due to one of his many indiscretions with a variety of maidservants. When Ernesto passes away, Maria is beside herself with grief and seeks the help of Milagrenia to speak with her late husband's spirit, but instead ends up summoning the vengeful spirit of Vijay Singh Rane (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who was beheaded at the behest of Ernesto's maternal grandfather in place of Kustoba Rane. While Silvia is overly anxious to get Anna married to Erasmo, who is studying medicine and has a very bright future, but is afraid of losing him if Maria delays the marriage. This does not happen, and Maria consents to the engagement, and it is on that fateful day when everyone finds out that Anna and Milagrenia are pregnant. Anna has three suitors, Erasmo, Ruiz Pereira, the paternal nephew of Dr. Pereira, and Leon Gonsalves, a freedom fighter fugitive, but it is unknown who may have been responsible for Milagrenia's plight. Watch what impact this news has on the entire family, what they do to resolve this situation amidst the blockade by Indian troops in order to force the Portuguese to leave India.



Cast: Leela Naidu, Naseeruddin Shah, Neena Gupta, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Soni Razdan, Dalip Tahil, Anita Kanwar, K K Raina, Kunal Kapoor, Keith Stevenson, Salim Ghouse, Ila Arun, Jayant Kripalani, Akash Khurana, Lucky Ali, Sushma Prakash, Nikhil Bhagat

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia, Remo Fernandes


Kalyug (1981)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1981

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The film is tale of intrigue, plots and the inevitable war between the two families. Ramchand and Bhishamchand were two pioneering brothers in business. Bhishamchand, a life-long bachelor brought up the two sons of Ramchand on his demise. He also gave the family business a firm foundation. Khubchand (Vinod Doshi) the older son of Ramchand begets two sons, Dhanraj (Victor Banerjee) and Sandeepraj (Akash Khurana). Puranchand, Khubchand's younger brother had died a few years ago. His three sons are Dharamraj (Raj Babbar), Balraj (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and Bharatraj (Anant Nag). Another player in the game is Karan (Shashi Kapoor) an orphan brought up by Bhishamchand.A series of events take place that bring the long hidden feud between the two families to light and despite Bhishamchand's efforts to mediate between the two, the situation gets out of hand and events take a tragic turn. Dhanraj's men accidentally kill the young son of Balraj and to take revenge Bharatraj murders Karan. Quite a few skeletons from the family cupboard are brought out in the open that only adds to the tensions and hatred, finally culminating in the destruction of the two families making us ponder on the brittleness of our moral fabric.



Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Supriya Pathak, Raj Babbar, Anant Nag, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Amrish Puri, A K Hangal, Sushma Seth, Victor Banerjee, Vijaya Mehta, Om Puri, Reema Lagoo, Salim Ghouse, Vinay Apte, Madan Jain, Khokha Mukherjee, Akhtar Mirza, Urmila Matondkar, Akash Khurana, Ranjit Kapoor, Vinod Doshi

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Format: DVD

Label: Eagle

Catalog No: EDVDS 4721

DVD Region: All Region

No Of Disks: 8

Subtitles: English

Video: NTSC