by Shyam Benegal
Script: Pandit Satya Dev Dubey, Shyam Benegal
Cinematography: Govind Nihalani, Kamath Ghanekar
Music: Vanraj Bhatia
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag, Sadhu Meher, Priya Tendulkar
Production: Mohan J. Bijlani, Freni Variava
35 mm, Colour, 136 min
OV Hindu with French subtitles
With kind support of Indian Embassy in Paris
Surya, son of a landlord in Andra Pradesh, has given up his studies to look after the family property. He is married against his will to a young girl, Saryu, who would join him when she attains puberty. Bored and lonely, Surya is attracted by his maidservant Lakshmi, wife of a poor deaf-mute potter Kishtaya, but she spurns his advances. Kishtaya is caught stealing and runs away from the village. Lakshmi has become a destitute and gives in to Surya who promises to look after her. Saruy comes to her husband's house and dismisses Lakshmi. Kishtaya comes back when Lakshmi is pregnant. Thinking the child to be his, Kishtaya goes to Surya to ask for work and to tell him the good news.
Inspired by a real fact, the film became a national, mainly due the performance of Shabana Azmi, who will later shoot other films with Shyam Benegal.