Ankur - The Seedling. A woman who nurtures every man when he is most vulnerable is forced to face a society where her own independence is crippled. The story captures all layers of such prejudice. It's unfortunately relevant even now! Caste is a man's game, a woman is a woman no matter what label she carries. The cultures have imbibed the conservative aspects to its roots. Will it ever end?!
8/10 Though the director clearly empathises most with the oppressed and quietly suffering female lead, this is hardly sentimental propaganda film a la Eisenstein; instead, it's a subtle realistic character study where even the "villain" of the piece, the young master, is not without a tinge of remorse. The film's visual palette involves painterly framing, two beautiful female leads, and wondrous nature photography
Deserved five stars - except for the single expression, single tone acting of the male lead. Shabana shows in her debut what a caliber she had - heads and shoulders above the rest of the cast - subtle as well as expressive where needed. The village/plantation environment and cultural milieu is captured extremely well. Human nature and relationships handled adeptly.
There is a divide of class but presenting it in this manner of an arrogant son that's expected to do what he's told and a village that has a similar attitude but in an idle fashion, in the end what was the director actually trying to say? I look at this community and wonder how everyone's daily lives function, their alienated and hostile towards one another and lead their lives by generally assuming circumstances.
4.5 Lakshmi es víctima de incontables injusticias, oprimida por un sistema en el que su género, su casta y su clase social la ponen constantemente en desventaja. A pesar de ello, hace lo que puede por autodeterminarse. La película nos muestra que aún bajo esas circunstancias el amor puede surgir, pero que de ninguna manera puede subsistir cuando se contrapone al status quo.
Cada vez que o protagonista aparecia, era garantido sentir raiva dele, ele é tão covarde e apático. O filme mostra bem como esse sistema de castas é depreciativo demais. Enfim, foi um filme muito interessante de assistir, pela cultura diferente da nossa causa um choque mesmo.
Os choques culturais ao assistir um filme indiano são inevitáveis. Há um constante sentimento de incômodo em todas as relações que são estabelecidas entre os personagens. Não há ali nenhuma relação para onde você possa fugir, onde você possa encontrar uma certa paz. A desigualdade social - sistema de castas - e desigualdade de gênero são os temas principais e, nestes pontos, podemos facilmente encontrar....
At first I thought the whole love triangle story to be banal but the longer I was watching the film, the more I was coming to realize its complexity. The storyline is superb but there are some other aspects to the film that make it great — its flamboyance, portrayal of local lifestyle and traditions, and beautiful music. The tense ending is hard to watch without tears, and gives this film a genuine Bressonian feel.
It felt like everyone in this film was on a slow burn, especially the two central characters. As a result, I found it very satisfying when all of the emotions burst forth at the end. The characters' complexity and the class war simmering just below the surface deepened and broadened a deceptively simple tale of infidelity.
Laxmi is surrounded by males who for various reasons are a waste of space. She battles throughout the screenplay with gender and caste issues and to the film's credit, there is no Hollywood treatment. A terrific soundtrack and easy on the eye soft colour photography helps.
Beautiful, bucolic, hazy cinematography mixes with simple, well acted story. Takes its time to make its points, but never gets tedious. Very powerful ending culminates with an especially moving monologue by Shabana Azmi, in which a woman in this rigid Caste system finally has her say. Anant Nag is also memorable throughout as the landlord’s despised son: it’s a very good feeling when he finally gets his comeuppance