Director: V. Shantaram; Writer: V. Shantaram, C.T. Khanolkar, Vrajendra Gaud; Producer: V. Shantaram; Cinematographer: Shivaji Sawant; Cast: Ranjana, Sushant Ray, Yeshwant Dutt, Premkumar, Gauri Kamat, Durga Senjit, Arvind Deshpande
Duration: 02:08:18; Aspect Ratio: 1.335:1; Hue: 10.435; Saturation: 0.043; Lightness: 0.259; Volume: 0.198; Cuts per Minute: 12.111
Summary: Shantaram intended the film to be part of New Indian Cinema’s vanguard, adapting a difficult work from the innovative contemporary Marathi writer C.T. Khanolkar. The story, written in 1970 and set on the Konkan coast, features a woman born of an ‘incident’ between an Englishman and a local fisherwoman, now only discussed as a hushed rumour except by a boatman who loudly curses the girl whenever he ferries his boat across the river. Shantaram’s garish colour photography and emphatic dialogue make the story into a bizarre calendar-art curiosity with a plump, blue-eyed, blonde fisherwoman (Ranjana), a caricature of the original literary character.