Set in 1920s, the film depicts a rural village in Karnataka, where a young widow, the daughter of a village scholar who runs a local school, finds herself pregnant after being seduced by a teacher. While the girl remains unaware of the happenings within and around her, she is excommunicated by her father, who performs her funeral rites (Ghatashraddha), while she is still alive. —Wikipedia
Girish Kasaravalli (born 1949) (Kannada: ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಕಾಸರವಳ್ಳಿ) is a noted film director, and one of the pioneers of the Parallel Cinema in Kannada cinema, who has won National Film Award for Best Film four times, Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2001).
A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Girish Kasaravalli started his career in films with Ghatashraddha (1977), over the next 30 years he directed eleven films and a tele serial. The film he made to fulfill his diploma Avashesh was awarded the Best Student Film. Avashesh also won the President’s Silver Lotus Award for the best Short Film of that year.
Girish Kasaravalli was born in Kesalur, a village in the Tirthahalli taluk in Shimoga district in 1949 to Ganesh Rao and Lakshmi Devi. He had his primary education in Kesalur and middle school education in Kammaradi. Hailing from a family… read more
The way Kasaravalli illustrates caste dynamics with such furnished emotional subtlety is great to see amidst the wide array of films that aim to exploit rather than provide discourse. He frames everything from casteism to misogyny within the walls of a rotting Brahmin community in a way that doesn't unrealistically dehumanize its perpetrators to therefore ignore the normalcy with which they exist in society.