Film fest Ekagra begins at Bhara Bhavan
Film festival Ekagra featuring the movies of legendary filmmaker Shyam Benegal began from Wednesday with screening of ‘Ankur’ at Bharat Bhavan here.
The film festival Ekagra is like a treat for the film watchers as well as the Shyam Benegal’s fans of the city. There was a huge crowd seen at the premises of Bhavan to watch one of the best classics of Shyam Benegal.
The performance was really electrifying and audience enjoyed every part of the event. Film fest is organised at Bharat Bhavan every month based on different directors, producers and actors.
Ankur is an Indian film of 1974. It was the first feature film directed by Benegal and the debut of actors Ananth Nag and Shabana Azmi. The plot is based on a true story that occurred in Hyderabad, apparently in the 1950s. It was filmed almost entirely on location.
Surya, the son of a wealthy landowner, returns home from the city after graduating from school and is expected by his father to get married and take over a piece of land.
He uses his position to begin a love affair with Laxmi, who is unhappily married to a deaf-mute drunk. When Laxmi is left by her husband, Surya invites her to live at his house, much to the disdain of everybody else, who see this as a breach of the caste system.
Their love affair ends abruptly when Surya’s wife arrives. Rather than keeping to his promises, Surya drives Laxmi out of the house; when it turns out that she is pregnant, she suddenly becomes a threat that must be disposed of.
Ankur has won three National Film Awards and 43 other prizes, both in India and abroad. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival.
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