Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (Seventh Horse of the Sun)
is a 1992
, Indian Hindi film
directed by Shyam Benegal
and based on a novel of the same name by Dharmavir Bharati
. It won the 1993 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
. The movie has also been known for its a subversive take on the 'Devdas' syndrome.
This movie stars Rajit Kapur
, Rajeshwari Sachdev
, Pallavi Joshi
, Neena Gupta
and Amrish Puri
In this movie, the narrator, Manik Mulla (Rajit Kapur) tells three stories of the three women, (Neena Gupta (the poor), Pallavi Joshi (the intellectual) and Rajeshwari Sachdev (middle class)), he had met in his life at different times. New York Times
. These three stories are nothing but a single story seen from stands of different characters of the film.
The lowest, slowest or the weakest in a group or society determines the speed or progress of the whole. The title of the movie, a metaphor as the movie itself, draws this analogy with the seventh horse pulling the chariot of the sun. As a director of abstract meaningful cinema, Shyam Benegal pulls off another masterpiece that makes you think. Lightly laced with extremely subtle humor, this is a story of love that is markedly different from the many love stories on screen.
An interesting narrative approach adds to the abstractness - as the film is presented as a flashback of a contemporary artist (Raghuvir Yadav
). He remembers the many stories of a born-raconteur (Rajit... Read More