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1972 Marathi Film ‘Pinjra’ Premiered at TIFF

Pinjra, All Lights Film Magazine, ALFM

 

Pinjra’ the Marathi film directed by V Shantaram in 1976 has premiered at TIFF on 1st November 2012. The public screening of the film will be held on 15th November followed by a lecture by celebrated Indian film curator Meenakshi Shedde.

Pinjra is a remake of the German film ‘The Blue Angel’ directed by Joseph Von Sternberg. The storyline of the film is goes like an upright professor who falls from grace when he falls in love with a seductive dancer. The word ‘Pinjra’ means ‘cage’ in Marathi. The 'cage' here is a metaphor for life. The dancer dies as she falls for the teacher and is unable to save him. The teacher prefers to die under mistaken identity, rather than live as a man who has lost respect.

This is a story of how death frees them from their cages. Shantaram draws on religion and literature to defend Chandrakala’s profession: when she does an erotic dance in a river, the accompanying song refers to Lord Krishna stealing the clothes of bathing women; later, the classic Sanskrit poet-playwright Kalidasa is quoted to validate the affair between the dancer and her teacher-social reformer lover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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