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Adultery, masturbation and lesbianism...this taboo-breaking Indian film from the producer of Bandit Queen has 'em all. Significantly, perhaps, it's in English, but otherwise the portrait of a New Delhi household caught between the contradictory impulses of duty and desire rings reasonably true (though the emancipated new bride Sita may be a somewhat idealised figure). It's a courageous picture that never gets too pompous - writer/director Mehta isn't above interjecting a parodic fantasy sequence or a song - very attractively photographed by Giles Nuttgens, with radiant performances from Azmi and Das.

By: TCh

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Deepa Mehta
Screenwriter: Deepa Mehta
Cast: Shabana Azmi
Nandita Das
Kulbushan Kharbanda
Jaaved Jaaferi
Ranjit Chowdhury
Kushal Rekhi
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