Utpal Borpujari

August 24, 2010

DVD Review: Samaantar

By Utpal Borpujari

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

With the director’s latest film, And Once Again, hitting the screens recently, it is perhaps a good time to take a look at his previous directorial venture, Samaantar. What makes this Marathi film (with English subtitles) a tantalizing prospect is that Palekar after a long gap has acted in a film directed by himself.

It is the story of an ageing man who has a successful business but is terribly lonely. On his 60th birthday, the man, 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 that goes into the complexities of the human mind.

Samaantar; dir: Amol Palekar; Rs 199; Big Home Video

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 22-08-2010)



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