Adapted from a story by Dostoievsky. A man reflects on the complexity of his marriage, moving back and forth in time. The woman is created by his wishful imagination. The man believes her to be his possession. He does not realise that she will end up possessing him, particularly when she starts showing signs of an independant life. Silent withdrawals between the man and the woman are the first signs of a split in the couple. Confrontations and reconciliations full of hate, remorse, hope and despair lead to a tragic outcome.
Mani Kaul (1944-2011) was undoubtedly the Indian filmmaker who, along with Kumar Shahani, succeeded in radically overhauling the relationship of image to form, of speech to narrative, with the objective of creating a ‘purely cinematic object’ that is above all visual and formal.
He was born Rabindranath Kaul in Jodhpur in Rajasthan in 1944 into a family hailing from Kashmir. His uncle was the well-known actor-director Mahesh Kaul. Mani joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune initially as an acting student but then switched over to the direction course at the institute. He graduated from the FTII in 1966.
Mani’s first film Uski Roti (1969) was one of the key films of the ‘New Indian Cinema’ or the Indian New Wave. The film created shock waves when it was released as viewers did not know what quite to make of it due to its complete departure from all Indian Cinema earlier in terms of technique, form and narrative. The film is ‘adapted’ from… read more