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Director
  
Kumar Shahani

Duration
  

Language
  
Hindi

7.2/10
IMDb

Music director
  
Vanraj Bhatia

Country
  
India

Tarang (film) movie poster

Release date
  
1984 (1984)

Writer
  
Kumar Shahani, Roshan Shahani

Screenplay
  
Kumar Shahani, Roshan Shahani

Cast
  
Smita Patil
,
Girish Karnad
,
Amol Palekar
,
Shreeram Lagoo
,
Om Puri

Similar movies
  
Kumar Shahani directed Tarang and Kasba

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Tarang (English: Wages and Profits) is a 1984 Indian drama film written and directed by Kumar Shahani. The film is Shahani's second feature film after his most famous work, Maya Darpan, and took him more than 12 years to raise funding for. The movie is considered, along with Shahani's other features, to be a seminal work of India's Parallel Cinema movement. The movie stars several big actors who were prominent in the Indian art cinema scene of the early 80's, including Amol Palekar, Smita Patil, Girish Karnad, Om Puri, and Shreeram Lagoo.

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Synopsis

Sethji (Shreeram Lagoo) is a widowed businessman who lives a comfortable life with his only daughter, Hansa, his son-in-law, Rahul (Amol Palekar), and a grandson, Munna. Rahul is Sethji's right-hand man, and his nephew Dinesh (Girish Karnad) is his assistant. Over time, petty rivalries and jealousies have grown in the family, and Sethji and Rahul feel that Dinesh is trying to undermine the business. They make a plan to get rid of him without attracting any attention to themselves and succeed, but the after-effects are not kind towards Sethji's health, which grows worse eventually leading to his untimely death. Shortly thereafter, Hansa also dies, leaving her husband Rahul to look after the business on his own. Things start to turn controversial once Rahul begins an affair with the maidservant Janki (Smita Patil), and it is soon revealed that Hansa's death may not have been a suicide, but was a cover-up. As the mysteries start to unfold, they leave a scarring emotional impact on Rahul, and test his relationship with his late wife's family and his new lover.

Analysis and Criticism

Unlike Maya Darpan, Tarang is considered to be uncharacteristically traditional and conventional for a Kumar Shahani film. Its storyline follows a typical arch, and the film also features several song sequences, considered normal for mainstream Bollywood films, but very abnormal for an independent parallel cinema film. In an interview on the film, Shahani stated his approach was to "take into account the way our traditions are surviving in popular art. Both folk and popular art always have epic elements. Even pulp literature is a distortion of the epic form."

The Seventh Art film blog reviewed the film positively stating, "A staunch Marxist, Shahani examines the class struggle on multiple fronts: in the writing that nearly recites the labour theory of value, in the densely layered soundtrack where various voices vie for power and the casting, where the star value of the actors is in conflict with the characters they play."

Film blog The Case for Global Film, in a piece of Indian Parallel Cinema stated that "Kumar Shahni felt while making Tarang, It is a pity that societies tend to make museum pieces of art when, in fact, the need for it is as natural and as instinctive in people as eating and drinking. That is probably why Tarang comes through to the discerning viewer as a moving experience, even if he is completely unaware of the intricacies of Shahani’s personal imagination."

References

Tarang (film) Wikipedia
Tarang (film) IMDb Tarang (film) themoviedb.org


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