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July 25, 2016 Monday     

Balak PalakThe three letter word SEX has always been a suppressed, lesser discussed and educationally ignored social taboo in our country, which still questionably has the same status even in this second decade of the new millennium despite all the awareness drives active through various communication sources. Moreover the most important part of this subject i.e. SEX EDUCATION among KIDS is still gravely ignored by not even the schools but also the parents in a very careless and irresponsible manner, resulting in many other serious issues reported in the recent times.

So within this strange scenario, if a team presents a brilliant film made on the subject of Sex Education mainly aiming at the parents and that too with a superb comical touch without going into that uninteresting preachy mode, then that is nothing less than a commendable achievement by its makers deserving all the praises.

BALAK PALAK is the Marathi film breaking new grounds in Indian Cinema venturing into that rarely explored territory and delivering the message in a simple yet quite engaging and entertaining manner like never seen before. In fact no other film has dealt with the issue or rather I should say problem in such a thoughtful, bold and comical style ever in the history of Indian cinema till date. And for that, hats off to its director Ravi Jadhav, producer Ritesh Deshmukh and all the young actors in the film giving highly believable & flawless performances forcing you to think differently at the earliest.
To inspire you further, its certainly not easy to shoot this kind of subject (and bold scenes) with the child actors in that crucial indecisive age. Its not easy to convey the life transforming message in such simple words to both the kids as well as the parents. Its not easy to depict the dilemmas faced by the adolescents in those tender years. And its definitely not easy to make a movie on Sex Education and keep it well within limits without going vulgar or obscene.
BALAK PALAK performs that difficult task admirably and comes to the point from the very first scene itself progressing well with a crisp editing. It has a great background score and apt soundtrack used well in its superbly written and performed sequences. Also the film connects the present times and the 80s with a highly interesting link of VCRs reminding you of those days of watching 3-4 films together on rent. Plus, despite being a film on SEX EDUCATION it can easily be rated as a delightful, educational as well as a wholesome, much watch entertainer for the young parents in particular since sooner or later they would be dealing with this issue in their homes too, undeniably.
Hence, whatever be the age (above 15), BALAK PALAK (meaning Children-Parents) needs to be seen by all as it reminds you of that ‘most important dialogue’ between the parents and their kids which should necessarily happen just at the right time before its too late.
Rightly rated as UA by the censors, this is an important social film and many thanks to Ritesh Deshmukh for being a celebrity with a vision to support such relevant projects feeling his creative responsibility towards the society. So do watch it as a must and teach the kids those essential lessons of life in time yourself, before they begin learning them all from numerous avoidable sources easily accessible to them just with the click of a mouse.
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Watching this brutally truthful Bengali film of the early 80s, one has to admit the fact that film-making in India in terms of ‘hard hitting, socially enlightening projects’ was indeed at its peak in the evolving decades of 70s and 80s of the last century. Plus when you get to know that CHOKH (meaning The Eyes) is a film made on the subject of Eye Donation or Transplant, interconnected with the cruel exploitation of mill workers by their opportunist employer, then you just feel like saluting the makers of those crucial times, who actually had the guts to make their films on such burning issues of the society becoming the real eye openers for one and all.
In honest words, I really felt amazed thinking about the actual thought-structure of CHOKH’s script talking about Eye Transplantation way back in 1982 and that too revealing the ugly corruption running in almost every sector of life ranging from businessmen, politicians, police officials and even doctors willing to trade both the donated eyes to a single person only ignoring their own professional ethics & moral duties. Set in the era of mid 70s, depicting the exploitive state of Calcutta (Kolkata) mill workers, it’s the story of an honest union leader, who is being hanged for getting wrongly framed in the cold blooded murder of the mill owner’s brother and decides to donate his eyes just before his final day as per the judgment passed.
The film not only reveals the deep rooted caste system present in our society since ages but also discloses the hidden ugly side of a capitalist structure, where the poor is not allowed any kind of freedom even after his final liberation provided by the Death. With an outstanding use of the ‘Eye Donation’ plot, CHOKH showcases an accepted truth that eyes are in fact the mirror of a man’s real inner personality and a revolution can still be seen in the donated eyes of a rebellious leader even when they are later given to an entirely different person as per his last wish.
As a pleasant surprise the film was produced by the Department of Information & Cultural Affairs of West Bengal Government only despite having a shockingly negative representation of its various public serving departments and later also won the National Film Awards for Best Feature Film as well as for the Best Direction in 1983.
Now if the above mentioned subject matter interests you and such valuable thought provoking attempts are the ones you are always searching for then do watch CHOKH as your next surprising gem for sure (as I have purposefully not revealed the exact storyline of the film to keep your interest alive and burning). Its one of those well-thought of films which increases the respect we have for our own talented film-makers to many folds and stuns the viewer well with a futuristic kind of subject conceived in the early 80s.
Story, Music & Directed By Utpalendu Chakrabarty
Starring : Om Puri, Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Shyamanad Jalan, Sreela Majumdar and more.
Tags : Chokh (1982 - Bengali), Movies To See Before You Die Drama, Must Watch Regional gems of India, Worth Watching Film List by Bobby Sing, Not to Be Missed Movies List by Bobby Sing, National Award Winning Must Watch Indian Films, Om Puri in Chokh (1983)
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After the famous Satyajit Ray Trilogies made on the character of Apu and the city of Calcutta (Kokatta), another lesser discussed but immensely important trilogy focusing on the subject of ‘marital discord in urban settings’ came from renowned director Basu Bhattacharya in the 70s. The three off-beat films in this series explored the middle class marriages in the city and the living style of nuclear families after the first few romantic years of their married lives with a thoughtful vision. Made under the banner of Aarohi films, though the projects were not commercially successful at the box office as always, but they did win a wide appreciation and few awards too, touching the young hearts who could easily relate to the characters emoting on the screen.
Basu Bhattacharya's TrilogyThe first in this trilogy is ANUBHAV (1971) featuring Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja & Dinesh Thakur in the key roles. Shot in black & white format, it’s an artistic film showcasing the shallow, lonely life lived by a successful husband’s wife and the conflicting ego clashes between the two young individuals. Beginning with a fabulous party scene involving a child, the film beautifully incorporates many realistic sequences straight taken out of the real life. And its final hour has some great life teaching dialogues as a third person enters the couple’s life uninvited. Interestingly ANUBHAV is also remembered as the last film of the famous singer Geeta Dutt and her three melodious swan songs composed by Kanu Roy and written by Gulzar.
AVISHKAAR (1975) being the second in the series has two stars of that era, Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore playing the loving rebellion couple going for a love marriage against their family will. The illusions start cracking soon after the few years of their marriage as they get to know each other more deeply. But instead of giving up, the intelligent couple realizes the mistakes they have been making and begin looking for the lost spirit in their cherished love together. An introspective finale shows the couple talking to each other truthfully sorting it all out with maturity and the film did get Rajesh Khanna the Best Actor award at the Filmfare quite deservingly.
The third film in this trilogy aptly titled GREH PRAVESH (1977) talks about extramarital relationship in a middle class marriage, wherein the husband is pretty confused that whether he really loves that other woman seducing him calmly or its just infatuation arising out of boredom felt in his otherwise routine life left with no energy. A timely action taken by the smart wife after knowing the painful truth, gives that much needed clarity to his loving husband and he soon realizes his mistake before its too late. Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore and Sarika played the three main characters of the script and the film had a soulful soundtrack composed by Kanu Roy with lyrics once again coming from Gulzar. In fact Gulzar also makes a cameo appearance in one of its songs, as the couple’s close friend visiting them for a musical evening.
Presented in the era when parallel or meaningful films were calmly making their way into the Hindi Cinema, the first two films in this trilogy remain deeply focused on their chosen theme with a romantic & pensive mood followed throughout. Hence they might not be an easy watch for friends used to enjoying the fast paced, fantasy cinema of the present age. Admittedly GREH PARVESH does offer a more comical take on the issue brilliantly depicting the typical office mood in its first hour. But the trilogy ideally needs to be experienced as a more meditative learner searching for many tiny precious diamonds in its realistic execution and insightfully written dialogues relating to our own lives.
For instance in ANUBHAV, as Sanjeev Kumar realizes that he was unnecessarily thinking about her wife’s past, simply ignoring all the recent years lived full of love & passion, he very rightly says that,
"Beeta Hua Kal Aaj Hamare Beech Tabhi Aata Hai Jab Hum Apne Aaj Ko Poori Tarah Jee Nahin Paatey."
And this one life teaching line alone should be inspiring enough to make you go for this rare, must watch trilogy at the earliest.
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