Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bharat Ek Khoj Episode 39

58m. Shyam Benegal
I viewed a major chunk of this 53 episode series long ago. This particular episode relates to the period around 1757, the Battle of Plassey. Britain consolidates its foothold by wily and unscrupulous machinations, as nations are wont to do. Amrish Puri as the Nawab with his sonorous and fluid Urdu elocution, retaining poise in the face of decline is impressive, as is the portrayal of Robert Clive by an Indian actor, and no less Raja Nand Lal. Benegal's directorial vision pervades this masterly take on the panorama of Indian history . I am sure this series will remain on the shelves of good cinema for a long time. It is the most accessible and enjoyable entry into Indian history for the layman.

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