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Do Skeletons Have A Soul?

Hindus are notoriously poor learners of history's stern reckonings. Chandraprakash Dwivedi's film 'Pinjar' is only a reminder of this grim truth.

Do Skeletons Have A Soul? Do Skeletons Have A Soul?

It is a tiny roadside devi ka mandir amidst lush green fields. Puro had come here to pray in better spirits, in better times. But the orgy of Partition riots wasn't just blind to human bonds, it didn't spare the gods either. The devi has fallen to the iconoclasts on a vandalisation spree. The shattered remains of the shrine, however, still stand like a despoiled mound.

In the aftermath of Partition riots in West Punjab, the holocaust has changed Puro's world as well. But the girl (played by Urmila Matondkar), is happy nonetheless—she has rescued Lajo, her bhabi, the girl married to her brother Trilok. She is not unduly shocked to see a devastated mandir. Standing in front of it, Puro turns to it to pay her obeisance. She tries to fold her hands in the usual namaskar. But she ends up raising both her hands—palms skywards—in an act of ibadat. Because Puro is now Hameeda—abducted and converted to Islam. Even her reflexes have now undergone a change.

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