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Anupama (1966)

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Anupama (1966)

Cast: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore,Tarun Bose, Shashikala, Deven Varma

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Music: Hemant Kumar

Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

Capsule Review: A mute and minimalist drama far ahead of its times, Anupama tells the story of Uma (Sharmila Tagore) whose father (played with brilliant authority by Tarun Bose) detests his daughter ever since his beloved wife died during childbirth. The transference of his grief into the daughter’s guilt is majestically achieved through the subtle screenplay and sparse dialogues. Dharmendra as an author who brings the repressed girl’s angst out is also unforgettable. The stress on the spoken word and its opposition to the silence of stifled emotions comes across in the contrasting characters played by Sharmila Tagore and Shashikala. What gave Anupama its bedrock of emotional strength was the troubled father- daughter relationship.

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