Director: Manmohan Mahapatra; Writer: Manmohan Mahapatra; Cinematographer: Ranajit Roy; Cast: Sachidananda Rath, Kanak Panigrahi, Madhukar, Kishori Devi, Master Sushil
Summary: Two parallel tragic love stories continue
Mahapatra’s bleak portrayal of rural Orissa.
Two local schoolteachers, Niru and Sandhya,
see their respective marriage proposals break
down. Niru is the daughter of the poor
landowner Adikanta, who mortgages his land
to raise the dowry for his daughter’s marriage
to an urban youth; however, the dowry offered
is not enough. Sandhya loves Ashok who
moves to the city, but she cannot move with
him since her family depends on her income
for its survival. The best moments are with
Niru’s ancient grandmother (Kishori Devi), esp.
in the film’s most spontaneous sequence when
she is presented with a pair of spectacles.