Director: Basu Chatterjee; Writer: Basu Chatterjee; Producer: Jaya Chakraborty; Cinematographer: K.K. Mahajan; Editor: V.N. Mayekar; Cast: Shabana Azmi, Suresh Chatwal, Dharmendra, Utpal Dutt, Vinita Dutt, Preeti Ganguli, Ritu Kamal, Girish Karnad, Dhiraj Kumar, Hema Malini, Shashikala, Sudha Shivpuri, Vikram
Duration: 02:08:56; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 57.653; Saturation: 0.123; Lightness: 0.230; Volume: 0.117; Cuts per Minute: 21.280
Summary: Chatterjee extends his usual middle-class romances into a more jaundiced view of marriage based on a novel by the Bengali fountainhead of reformist writing, Saratchandra. Saudamini (Azmi) is a pampered girl until she is forced to marry the widower Ghanshyam (Karnad) and move into his large household. Saudamini cannot cope with her husband’s overbearing and greedy stepmother and pines after the man she really loved and had to abandon, Narendra (Vikram). Although she resents the husband imposed on her by custom, she gradually discovers that Ghanshyam is a tolerant, wise and progressive man. In the end, she prefers to stay with Ghanshyam rather than to leave with her former suitor, and so the wisdom of ‘traditional’ conventions is affirmed.