DVD reviews

Complexities of the human mind

Actor Amol Palekar’s image is imprinted on us as the simple, middle-class hero who gave face to the common man in those numerous Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee school of movies. Amol Palekar as a director comes across as a sensitive filmmaker who has given works like Akriet, Daayra, Thodasa Rumani Ho Jaaye and Anaahat.

Palekar acted and directed himself in the Marathi film Samaantar, (with English subtitles). It is the story of an ageing man who has a successful business but is terribly lonely. On his 60th birthday, Keshav, even considers taking his own life to end the loneliness. It is during such a melancholic period that he suddenly comes across his college sweetheart Shama. As he tries to find out more about her, he finds that Shama has been living the life of a recluse.

With Palekar putting his acting prowess against Sharmila Tagore in this tale of relationships, Samaantar is a film delves into the complexities of the
human mind.

Directed by Amol Palekar
Big Home Video, Rs 199

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