Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Paar - Movie

1984. Award-winning movie based on a story by Samaresh bose, by Gautam Ghosh starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri and Utpal Dutt. It starts with the upper caste landlords burning and pillaging the Harijan ghetto in a village in Bihar. They are retaliating against the murder of the landlord Utpal  Dutt's brother by Naurangia (Naseer) who escapes with his pregnant wife Shabana. They go to Calcutta to escape the wrath and find no jobs and run out of money. They finally get a job - to swim across the Ganges and deliver 36 pigs across. The swim across the river, getting across to the other side, the crossing, is a brilliant scene that has you at the edge. Fantastic.

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