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Rudaali = Rudālī = Rudaali (the mourner)

Author: Kalpana LazmiRavi Gupta, (Producer)Ravi MalikRaakhee.Dimple KapadiaAll authors
Publisher: Dubai, URE : A. Mansoor Video ; Edison, NJ : Distributed by Video Sound, 2004.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : HindiView all editions and formats
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Underwritten by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Doordarshan (Indian national television) as part of the Indian government's controversial but ongoing effort to provide audiences with edifying alternatives to "Bollywood" entertainment, and based on a short story by famed Bengali author Mahasweta Dev -- whose tales often focus on the travails of low-caste women -- RUDAALI is an uncommon and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Musical films
Feature films
Fiction films
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Kalpana Lazmi; Ravi Gupta, (Producer); Ravi Malik; Raakhee.; Dimple Kapadia; Amjad Khan; Latā Maṅgeśakara; Raj Babbar; Asha Bhosle; Bhupen Hazarika; Akbar Khan; Bhushan Lakhandari; Al Mansoor Video (Firm); Video Sound (Firm)
OCLC Number: 56889403
Language Note: In Hindi with English, French, or Spanish subtitles.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1984.
Special feature: Songs.
Credits: Cinematographer, Santosh Sivan, Dharam Gulati ; music, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika ; screenplay & Lyrics, Gulzar.
Cast: Rakhee Gulzar, Dimple Kapadia, Amjad Khan, Raj Babbar.
Performer(s): Singer(s) : Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Akbar Khan ; choreographer : Bhushan Lakhandari.
Awards: Best Actress Film Fare Critics Award; Best Art Director, Singapore Film Festival 1994; National Award Best Actress; National Award Best Costume Designer; Best Music Director, 38th Asia Pacific Film Festival 1993; Best Actress, 38th Asia Pacific Film Festival, 1994-95; Best Actress, Damascus Film Festival 1994.
Description: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Dolby digital surround; dual-layer format; aspect ratio 1.85.1.
Other Titles: Mourner
Professional mourner
Responsibility: producers, Ravi Gupta, Ravi Malik ; written & directed by Kalpana Lajmi.

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Underwritten by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Doordarshan (Indian national television) as part of the Indian government's controversial but ongoing effort to provide audiences with edifying alternatives to "Bollywood" entertainment, and based on a short story by famed Bengali author Mahasweta Dev -- whose tales often focus on the travails of low-caste women -- RUDAALI is an uncommon and arresting film. Shot mostly on location in the Jaisalmer region of western Rajasthan, it features authentic regional costumes and props, somewhat less authentic (but quite haunting) music, and two famous female stars, Dimple Kapadia and Rakhee Gulzar, cast in unusual and challenging role -- the central roles in this film that lacks male heroes. The title refers to a custom in some parts of Rajastha -- where aristocratic women were long kept secluded and veile -- of hiring professional women mourners on the death of a male relative, a rudaali (pronounced "roo-dah-lee -- literally, a female "weeper") to publicly express the grief that family members, constrained by their high social status, were not permitted to displa -- or at times, perhaps did not feel. Dressed in black and with unbound hair, a rudaali beat her breast, danced spasmodically, rolled on the ground, and shed copious tears while loudly praising the deceased and lamenting his demise; the ability to hire such a performer was a mark of social status.

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