Friday, November 26, 2004

Chokher Bali

In addition to hanging out with family and friends in Maryland, the highlight of the weekend so far has been watching Rituparno Ghosh's art-film Chokher Bali, which is based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The key social issue at the core of it is the role of widows in Indian society. There's also lots of good anthropologically-minded details.

This review does justice to the rather intricate plot. The flaw of the film, if there is one, is that it is a little too novelistic; there's lots of dependence on exposition. Some events, also, aren't explained. But it definitely motivates me to go and read the book.

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