Kasba (English: The Town) is a 1991 Indian drama film written and directed by Kumar Shahani. It is based on the short story "In the Ravine" by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.[1] The movie is an important work in the Indian Parallel Cinema movement which started in the early 1970s. It is one of the last films to be part of the movement as it died out by the early 1990s.[2]

Directed byKumar Shahani
Written byKumar Shahani
Fareeda Mehta
Based onIn the Ravine
by Anton Chekhov
StarringNavjot Hansra
M. K. Raina
Manohar Singh
Shatrughan Sinha
Mita Vashisht
Raghubir Yadav
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Music byVanraj Bhatia
Distributed byNational Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
121 minutes

Plot edit

The story centers on a small town entrepreneur named Maniram who makes a major profit by cheating people and selling them tainted food. His business is run by his daughter-in-law Tejo, who is married to Maniram's mentally challenged younger son. When Maniram's elder son comes back into town to get married, things start to go awry. He runs away from his wife after their marriage night and ends up being arrested in Delhi. The police, with further investigation, start to crack down on Maniram's corrupt business, as all the while Tejo starts to become mad with power and greed.[3]

Awards and criticism edit

Kasba is the third of Kumar Shahani's films to win the Filmfare Award for Best Film (Critics) after Maya Darpan and Khayal Gatha.[4]

Kasba is described as being slow and uncharacteristically melodramatic for a Shahani film, but it has gotten acclaim from a majority of critics. The film blog Ellipsis gave a positive review of the film saying, "One of the most impressive aesthetic elements of Kasba is the positioning of the camera, moving only to parallel the psychological and emotional mood of the characters, whilst windows and doorways are used repeatedly throughout to frame the actions of characters so that the exterior landscapes merge seamlessly with the interiors creating a feeling of social inertia and even rural decadence. At times, Shahani's emphasis on the rituals and traditions tied up in the history of the family recalls a philosophical approach characteristic of anthropologists."[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "Kasba IMDb Page". IMDb.
  2. ^ "Kasba IMDb Page". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Kasba MUBI Page". MUBI.
  4. ^ "Kasba Awards Page". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Kasba Review". ELLIPSIS. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2013.

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