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40 Ratings

Bhumika: The Role

Directed by Shyam Benegal
India, 1977


In this melodrama, the life of a beautiful Indian starlet is unfolded. Forced into show business by her family, little about her life, even its successes, brings her much joy.

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Bhumika: The Role Directed by Shyam Benegal

Critics reviews

Benegal keeps jumping back and forth between different periods in her life, with the same problem cropping up – she feels free while on stage and inevitably trapped off of it. BHUMIKA is a grand weeper with a detailed eye for period detail.
September 14, 2018
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The film features a bold, nonchronological structure that moves between Usha’s present and past (the former shot in color, the latter in black-and-white or sepia tone) and a stunning lead performance by Smita Patil, one of the most renowned Indian actresses of her generation.
July 29, 2016
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