The first feature of Kumar Shahani, it’s based on a short story by Hindi writer Nirmal Varma. It makes female sexuality and the very textures of living the focus of a conflict between oppresive feudal norms and a changing industrialised landscape.
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I found certain elements in the film similar to 3 other films that have nothing to do with the film in entirety - The Rules of the Game, Blade Runner, and Abraham's Valley. A masterful camera, like in The Rules of the Game, a camera that floats so easily that sometimes seems it slips carefully between frames and images. Only, here is the accent on inner, even though we see her surroundings, corridors, walls, rooms,
For me, there was a disconnect between the story and Shahani's style. The stilted acting and dialogue distracted me from an otherwise intimate look at a young woman's experiences during the fall of the feudal system.