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Om Puri

“It is the job of an actor to own a character and try and be that character for a certain period of time.”

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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.

    SPARSH

    Sai Paranjpye India, 1980

    A tender tale of love, Sai Paranjpye’s Sparsh is a nuanced window into the complex psychology of physical disability that often comes in the way of emotional connections. The raw simplicity of the actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi makes the film linger in one’s mind long after it’s over.

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