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Diksha (1991)

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Circa British Rule in India, a man vows to make his only surviving son, Narayan, alias Nani, a Brahmachari to atone for the deaths of five of his children. He takes this child to a remote ... See full summary »

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Arun Kaul

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U.R. Ananthamurthy (as Ananthamurthy U.R.)
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Sulabha Arya ... Dondamma (Koga's guardian)
Vijay Kashyap Vijay Kashyap ... Manjunath
Anubhav Mishra Anubhav Mishra ... Ganesh
Nana Patekar ... Koga Pandit
K.K. Raina ... Shrikar Upadhyay
Rajshree Sawant Rajshree Sawant ... Yamuna
Manohar Singh ... Udup Pandit
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Circa British Rule in India, a man vows to make his only surviving son, Narayan, alias Nani, a Brahmachari to atone for the deaths of five of his children. He takes this child to a remote village in Karnataka, South India, where he leaves his 11 year old son in the care of a learned Archarya, Udup Pandit. Here Nani gets to meet two other disciples of the Archarya, as well as his widowed daughter, Yamuna, and another male by the name of Shrikar Upadhyay, who also teaches the British how to read and write in Hindi. The Archarya goes away for a few days, and when he returns nothing is the same anymore. His daughter is pregnant, the villagers are all set to remove her from the village, they are also angry with him for refusing Yamuna to follow the traditional way a Hindu widow. The Archarya must also decide what is to be done with Yamuna as it is up to him now to decide her fate, not that he has many choices - for the prescribed Hindu punishment for this is - death. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Hindi

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A hard hitting commentary about the caste system
7 September 2006 | by adaradSee all my reviews

This movies portrays the mindset of the people living in the countryside of India.This movie depicts the fountains of hope and optimism that would one day bring back life to the then Indian society which was shackled by the caste structure. On the one hand we have a guru(teacher) who wants to break out of the rigid caste system,but fears that he may annoy the other higher castes. In the end this torch is picked up by one of his ex students who defies society and speaks out against the rigid caste system.

It was a pretty hard hitting movie.The roles were acted out to perfection. The movie was done quite well,right from the title to the rustic setting. But i feel the movie is not everyones cup of tea.If you plan to watch a light movie this is definitely not for you. Overall it is an amazing piece of parallel cinema


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