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Naseeruddin Shah

“I did not want to be slotted. I have rejected 10 times the number of films I have done. I have played the hero running around trees and a villain and a father.”

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    PARTY

    Govind Nihalani India, 1984

    Based on a Marathi play by Mahesh Elkunchwar, Party is a timeless political and social satire by Govind Nihalani. In the process of unravelling the hypocrisy of the intellectuals and artists of urban Indian society, the film also reveals the angst, and loneliness of the privileged.

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    MIRCH MASALA

    Ketan Mehta India, 1987

    This path-breaking film by Ketan Mehta uncovers the ugly realities of an oppressive patriarchal society. Set in colonial India, Mirch Masala remains relevant to this day because of its core idea of solidarity, where women rise up to support each other due to their shared experiences of trauma.

    BHUMIKA

    Shyam Benegal India, 1977

    Featuring Smita Patil’s moving portrayal of an unconventional and fascinating actor, Bhumika is masterful work by Shyam Benegal. Based on the life of 40s Marathi stage actor Hansa Wadkar, this film is a fine study of feminism, male gaze and the price one has to pay for personal freedom.

    MANDI

    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.

    NISHANT

    Shyam Benegal India, 1975

    Based on a play by the noted playwright Vijay Tendulkar, Nishant is a compelling comment on tyrannical social hierarchies which unapologetically enable the oppressor. This visceral Shyam Benegal film is a haunting recreation of rural India’s feudal way of life.

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