A Shyam Benegal Film. 3 National awards and 43 prizes in India and aborad. Foreign Film Oscar Entry from India 1974.
Director: Shyam Benegal
Surya is the college going son of a well to do farmer and is forced into giving up his studies in order to take care of family property. He is married against his wishes to a young girl Saru who will join him when she reaches puberty. Bored and lonely in his farmhouse, Surya finds himself attracted to Laxmi, his servant, who is the wife of a poor deaf mute potter. Kishtaya is caught stealing toddy, a crime for which he is punished. Humiliated, he runs away from the village. Laxmi, now quite destitute, gives in to Surya who promises to look after her.
How does Saru break Surya and Laxmi's association? What happens to Kishtaya?