Kasba 1990 Ages 15+
3.00PM Sun 8 Oct 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
In Kasba, Shahani adapts the Chekhov short story 'In the Hollow' (1900) to an Indian context, and uses visual codes drawn from the tradition of miniature painting from Kangra. The film uses this traditional art form as a framing device to explore themes of India's industrialisation and the emancipation of women. Protagonist Tejo is constructed as a Nayika, the iconic female figure in the tradition of Kangra miniatures (a local avatar of Radha). In Kasba, however, there is no Krishna (Nayaka — the male counterpart) to meet the Nayika's passion; the object of her passion is displaced and she is instead enamoured of money and independence. Kasba won the Indian Filmfare Critics award for best feature film in 1991.
35MM, COLOUR, 115 MINS, INDIA, HINDI/URDU/PANJABI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: KUMAR SHAHANI / PRODUCERS: NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, INDIA / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RAVI MALIK / STORY: ANTON CHEKHOV / ADAPTATION: BHISHAM SAHNI / DIALOGUE: GULZAR / SCRIPT: FARIDA MEHTA, KUMAR SHAHANI / CINEMATOGRAPHY: KK MAHAJAN / EDITOR: PARESH KAMDAR / ART DIRECTION: NITISH ROY, NITIN DESAI / SOUND: VIKRAM JOGLEKAR / MUSIC: VANRAJ BHATIA / CAST: MITA VASISHT, NAVJOT HANSRA, KK RAINA, MANOHAR SINGH, SHATRUGHAN SINHA / PRODUCTION CO: DOORDARSHAN, NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE: QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY COLLECTION / RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM