National Film Awards,
Smita Patil stars as an actresss from a traditional courtesan background coming to terms with contemporary mass culture in the first Hindi film from the New Indian Cinema movement to break through and reach a large audience. The fourth feature by Shyam Benegal, Bhumika follows Usha, a movie actress, (Patil) as she leaves her husband and seeks protection from her co-star, and then on a feudal estate, in a powerful story of a woman striving for independence. Bhumika was transformational in expanding the themes of Indian cinema and engaging it with mass audiences. Smita Patil, who worked with all the great Indian filmmakers (Satyajit Ray, Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Aravindan, Govind Nihalani) became the icon of this parallel cinema which was not afraid to tackle social issues.
Directed by Shyam Benegal, India, 1977. With Smita Patil, Amol Palekar, Anant Nag. Cinematoghraphy by Govind Nihalani. In Hindi with English subtitles, 142 minutes.
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