NISHANT

Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest son of the powerful, and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and protection of his family, which also includes bending the law to his own advantage. Vishwam is married to Rukmani (Smita Patil), and unlike his brothers, does not indulge in alcohol or women, nor does he have any bad habits. Then the village gets a new schoolmaster (Girish Karnad), who has a wife, Sushilla (Shabana Azmi). When Vishwam sees for the first time, he is unable to take his off of her, and unable to get her out of his mind. Sushilla does not reciprocate his attentions. Then one night, while the schoolmaster is returning home, he sees a vehicle pull up outside his house, and two men grab Sushilla and take her forcibly. Several people are present no one dares to raise a hand nor even a voice to stop this abduction. What will the schoolmaster do to get his wife back, knowling fully well that the Police patel (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is one of the Zamindar's men.

 

 HINDI | 1975 | 2h20mins | DRAMA, CRIME | COLOR

 

Director: Shyam Benegal

 

Director Biography:

He (born 14 December 1934) is an Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973),  Nishant (1975),Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the "Middle Cinema" in India. He has expressed dislike of the term, preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August 2007, Benegal was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasahab Phalke Award for the year 2005. He has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times.

 

Cast:

Naseenudin Shah

Shabana Azmi

Samita Patil

Amrish Puri

 

Crew:

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Writers: Vijay Tendulkar

Cinematography: Govind Nihalani

Art Director: Shama Zaidi