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Photo of Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Kulbhushan Kharbanda

“Back then, people respected an actor only if he was working in movies. But theatre is an actor’s medium, because for the two hours that you are performing on stage, you are free to do what you want and the director can’t stop you. Also, you have direct contact with the audience, which is a big high for any actor.”

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    Saeed Akhtar Mirza India, 1995

    The delicate relationship between a teenage Muslim girl and her ailing grandfather reveals the melancholic story of an increasingly volatile fabric of Indian society. A deep sense of foreboding comes alive in this brave political film set against the backdrop of communal conflict in Mumbai of 1992.

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    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.


    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.


    Shyam Benegal India, 1975

    Based on a play by the noted playwright Vijay Tendulkar, Nishant is a compelling comment on tyrannical social hierarchies which unapologetically enable the oppressor. This visceral Shyam Benegal film is a haunting recreation of rural India’s feudal way of life.


    Navdeep Singh India, 2007

    Dark and inventive, Manorama Six Feet Under is a sharp film about a down on luck small town man finding himself caught in a web of lies when he takes on an unusual job just to make some extra money. This debut feature of Navdeep Singh manages to create a lingering feeling of impending doom.