Skip to main content

NIRJAN SAIKATE

India, 1963 (MIFF 1965)

Director: Tapan Sinha

A young girl, who has just been jilted, is taken to the city of Pun by her four widowed relatives. On the train the party befriends a young writer bound for the same place. During his stay there and his subsequent travels, he becomes more and more entangled with the widows and the listless girl who eventually falls in love with him. When her former fiance appears on the scene the girl has to make decision...

While the pace and direction of the film is generally in the traditional idiom of Indian films, the episodic treatment of the story, the keen observation of minor characters, and the pensive atmosphere occasionally recall the earlier works of Antonioni. The few songs and one dancing sequence, invevitable in popular Indian films, are carefully introduced at logical points of the story, and the sense of realism is further enhanced by the extensive use of exterior shots. The scenes taking place at the ancient temple of Konarak are especially well handled.

Silver Peacock, best actress award for group acting, New Delhi Festival.

See also...

KANCHENJUNGHA

The setting for Satyajit Ray's first film in colour is the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas: a point suspended in time between modern India and the gracious ... More »

Quake and Quiver

A film on the science of seismology. We see what benefits have resulted from a study of the record of movements that occur under the surface of the earth. ... More »

Jain Temples of India

The camera lingers fondly over details of the splendid temples erected for the followers of the Jain faith. ... More »

Malwa

Ruins from the Malwa plateau in Central India reveal a rich historical and cultural heritage and bring back memories of kings and pods, craftsmen and architects. ... More »

Song of the Snows

The vast splendour, serenity, and majesty of the snow-clad Himalayas is breathtakingly captured by an Indian mountaineering film-crew. ... More »

Call of the Flute

The dances of Manipur, famed for their charm and elegance, are depicted in their authentic sellings. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director