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अंकुर | The Seedling

Shyam Benegal India, 1974

Jeff Gay's rating of the film Ankur

Beautiful, bucolic, hazy cinematography mixes with simple, well acted story. Takes its time to make its points, but never gets tedious. Very powerful ending culminates with an especially moving monologue by Shabana Azmi, in which a woman in this rigid Caste system finally has her say. Anant Nag is also memorable throughout as the landlord’s despised son: it’s a very good feeling when he finally gets his comeuppance