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Photo of Ashok Mehta
Photo of Ashok Mehta

Ashok Mehta

“There is nothing like an offbeat film or an inbeat film. We can only make good or bad films.”

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    Shyam Benegal India, 1983

    Based on Urdu short story Anandi by Ghulam Abbas, Mandi is a sharp satire on the hypocrisy of society. Questioning the self-appointed guardians of morality and culture, director Shyam Benegal explores the world of sex workers a gaze full of empathy, kindness, and respect.

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    Aparna Sen India, 1984

    Through the story of an upper-class Bengali family, Paroma poignantly questions the deep-seated patriarchal attitudes that reduce a woman’s identity to “mere” housewife. Rakhee Gulzar gives a moving performance as a woman on a journey toward self-actualisation in this compelling feminist film.