: अंकुर, Urdu
: اَنکُر, translation
: The Seedling
) is an Indian colour film
of 1974. It was the first feature film
directed by Shyam Benegal
and the debut of Indian actors Shabana Azmi
and Anant Nag
. Though Shabana Azmi had acted in other films as well, Ankur
was her first release.
Like many of Benegal's other films, Ankur
belongs to the genre of Indian art films, or more precisely, Indian Parallel cinema
. The plot is based on a true story that occurred in Hyderabad
, apparently in the 1950s. It was filmed almost entirely on location.Ankur
has won three National Film Awards
and 43 other prizes, both in India
and abroad. It was nominated for the Golden Bear
at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival
This film includes one whipping
scene and more profanity
than is usually found in Indian films.
is a film that analyzes human behavior
in general and heavily stresses characterization
(though the story is not fictional). The story revolves around two characters, Lakshmi and Surya.Ankur is also there.
Lakshmi (Shabana Azmi
) lives in a village with her husband Kishtayya (Sadhu Meher), a deaf-mute Dalit alcoholic potter
who communicates using gestures
. At the beginning of the film, during a village festival, she claims (in a prayer to the village goddess) that her only desire is to have a child.
Surya (Anant Nag
), the son of the village landlord
, has... Read More