The Boon

Film

Time Out says

The boon bestowed on the self-pitying black sheep of a rural Indian family by a gnarled deity is a decidedly mixed blessing: a magic root guaranteeing power at the price of celibacy, and bringing knowledge at the price of tragedy. Benegal's delineation - hardly revelatory - of the community's hopeless subjection to the mutually reinforcing tyranny of religious superstition and the local landowner is similarly a mixed bag of fantasy and realism; its intricately established humanist dilemma is undermined by caricatured villainy.

Details

Release details

Duration:
132 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Shyam Benegal
Screenwriter:
Shyam Benegal
Cast:
Vanishree
Anant Nag
Smita Patil
Satyadev Dubey
Amrish Puri