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The Role

by Shyam BENEGAL


Actress Smita Patil, a huge star in India, passed away prematurely in 1986. Three years earlier, she had played her own role in Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika, portraying an actress with meteoric and tragic fate. She was in Nantes in 1980: “In commercial cinema, it’s always the same thing. You’re asked to do a dance scene, a love scene, a crying scene, a song. No point in tiring yourself out. Someone else sings for you. You just have stay in the box they put you in and not move. […] For an actress, it’s very frustrating. It’s only in the young cinema that you can really give your all, put all your heart into it.”

(Smita Patil’s comments collected by Charles Tesson, Cahiers du cinéma no.320, February 1981, Festival des 3 Continents “Panorama of Southern India Cinema”)

  • Titre français
  • Original title
  • Titre international
    The Role
  • Scénario
    Girish Karnad, Satyadev Dubey, Shyam Benegal
  • Adaptation
    inspiré de "Sangtye Aika" de Hansa Wadkar
  • Photo
    Govind Nihalani
  • Montage
    Bhanudas Divakar
  • Musique
    Vanraj Bhatia
  • Interprétation
    Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, B.V. Karanth
  • Production
    Blaze Film Enterprises
  • Producteur délégué
    Lalit M. Bijlani
  • Directeur artistique
    Shama Zaidi
  • Distribution
    Les Films de l'Atalante,
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
  • Ratio

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