Antardwand--a tale from the badlands of India

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    How would you feel if one day you wake up from a daze to be told that the decked up girl you have never even heard of before ,but sitting on the bed in front of you, is your newly married wife ...........

    ............and on refusal to sleep with her , are taunted about your ' impotency ',and are drugged and forced to rape her practically at gunpoint.......

    And how would you feel if your father is confronted during his morning tea ,by a procession bringing along with it ,a girl 3 months pregnant , whom he has never seen before ,and is told that unborn child in the girls womb is his grandchild........

    Thats exactly the situation a handsome and bright young man ( a would be IAS officer )finds himself in this movie which is situated in .........where else.........bihar.......

    It is about the custom of pakdau shadi , in which if your daughter is not good enough to get a suitable groom , the groom is kidnapped and beaten and forced to marry her in a hooch-drunk stupor.......

    And if you feel that its all a nightmare ,you can pinch yourself and find yourself in reality.....

    Its a movie that certainly should have been made ,given the awesome reality of the topic........

    And happily ,the director has done justice to the topic ,as he has made a movie on a real topic look very very real......

    The ending is insipid though , and is the only ' bollywood ' touch in the film.

    That should not take the credit away from the performances of akhilendra mishra ( father of the girl and kidnapper ) , and swati sen ( the bride ) ,who put heart and soul in making the film eminently watchable.......

    The director keeps the film's twists and turns churning with skill ,and fails only at the end ,as if he does not know how such a sordid tale can be completed.......

    Its not regular bollywood fare however ,and is only for the art-movie lovers

    And for them , its a must see...........
     
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    What is amazing is the way the whole society accepts this ritual as ' normal ' , takes part in the marriage ' celebrations ' and everyone , including the police are only too ready to co-operate in this barbarity

    Can some-one from bihar explain why the groom cannot reject the bride later on ,and take legal action .........and why is forced to live with this forced-upon-him bride permanently ??
     

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