- The Inevitable
A film based on a folk-tale from
Year of Realease: 1986
Cast: Basant Josalkar,
Surekha Sikri, Sudhir Kulkarni, Nandita
Synopsis: Based on a
folk-tale from Rajasthan 'Parinati' deals
with the inherent tragedy of human avarice,
which must inevitably lead to self-destruction.
Ganesh, the protagonist, is a potter
who leads a happy and contented life in
a remote village in a ternate time. The
only ambition he and his wife Kurjan share
is to get their only son Laxman married
and bring a daughter-in- law home.
Destiny, however, has ordained otherwise.
Ganesh is hand picked for his honesty
and dedication by a local charitable Seth
to become the caretaker of his Dharmashala
(Inn) in the middle of the desert. There,
Ganesh and Kurjan meet a wealthy couple,
who are greatly pleased with their service
and hospitality. They offer to take their
son Laxman to distant lands, teach him
trade and make him fabulously rich.
To Ganesh and his wife the idea is outrageous.
How can they part with their only son
and what for? They don't need to get rich.
But the net has been cast. The trader
paints a golden future. They begin to
dream of riches. Why must they deprive
their son of such an opportunity? They
persuade themselves to let Laxman go.
Ganesh and Kurjan are left behind pining
for their son. They begin to feel that
had they been rich, they would not have
parted company with their beloved son.
Becoming wealthy becomes an obsession
with them. Their soul is corrupted with
desire and from here it is a tale of bloodshed
and havoc that their insatiable greed
wreaks on the unsuspecting travellers
who come to stay at the inn from far and
wide. The mirage of riches leads them
slowly, but surely, to the inevitable
outcome that awaits them at the far and
of the horizon.
Blinded by desire they destroy everything.
Even their son for whom they have been
waiting for twelve long years.
1. Silver Lotus - Best Costume Design
- 1988 (National Award)
2. Presented as An Outstanding Film at
the LONDON FILM FESTIVAL - 19S8.