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Tell Us No Dark Tales

The Dalit presence, onscreen or behind it, has been a bit thin in Indian films

Tell Us No Dark Tales
Tell Us No Dark Tales
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In debutant director Gurvinder Singh’s national award winning film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for a Blind Horse) the faces of the protagonists tell the story. The roughness, wrinkles, deep lines and blankness allude to the years of unspoken repression and torment. It’s a stark, fragile existence, be it the relentless drive through the dehumanized city as a rickshaw puller or seeing the demolition of your own home in the feudal village. While capturing a day in the lives of the downtrodden, the camera also reveals their minds--the alternating humiliation, discontent, dissent, anger and resignation. The restless calm on the surface harbours a simmering violence within. Here the oppressed are too helpless to bring about a change and the only explanation for their condition is: “God overlooked us a little”.

Based on Punjabi novelist and Jnanpeeth award winner professor Gurdial Singh's novel, Anhey… focuses on the subordination of the Dalits with...

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