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Trikal (Past, Present and Future) is a 1985 Indian movie written and directed by Shyam Benegal, set in Goa during the early 1960s (pre liberation) Period to the last days of colonialism in India, this time involving not the Raj but the Portuguese colony of Goa. The film starred yesteryear actress, Leela Naidu, in a comeback role after many decades.

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Trikal (Past, Present, Future)
Directed byShyam Benegal
Produced byFreni M Variava
Written byShyam Benegal (Story & Screenplay)
Shama Zaidi (Dialogue)
StarringLeela Naidu
Anita Kanwar
Neena Gupta
Soni Razdan
Dalip Tahil
Naseeruddin Shah
Music byVanraj Bhatia
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byBhanudas Divakar
Release date
30 August 1985
Running time
137 min
LanguageHindi, Konkani, Portuguese

The film was selected for the Indian Panorama at Filmotsav 1986, and for the Indian Film Retrospective, Lisbon 1986. It was later invited to the London Film Festival 1986.[1]


Set in 1961 Goa, when colonial rule of the Portuguese was in its last gasp,[2] the movie revolves around the life and tribulations of a fictional Goan Christian family called "Souza Soares".

Liberally sprinkled with dashes of humor, this is a fast-paced drama about a family and their friends who lived through the transition of Goa from a Portuguese colony to a district governed by India. Ana (Sushma Prakash) is about to become engaged (unwillingly) to the unappealing Erasmo when her beloved grandfather suddenly dies. Her grandmother is so overwhelmed by grief that Ana's engagement is put on hold indefinitely (along with everything else) while granny tries to contact the spirit of her dead husband. But her wires get crossed each time and instead of grandpa, she brings forth ghosts of people the family has wronged in the past. Meanwhile, Ana's real love is hiding out in the cellar. As Ana's marriage to Erasmo draws near, she faints dead away because (as he soon finds out) she is pregnant, but not by him. These and other events are revealed in flashbacks as a former resident in the house returns to visit 25 years later.

The film was shot in the ancestral home of Mario Miranda, at Loutolim, Goa.

The movie ends with Naseeruddin Shah monologue which actually questions the action of characters within the movie including his.




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