KALPANA (1948)

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  • IMAGINATION Alternative


Drama filmed as a ballet and based on Uday Shankar's own experiences as he set up the Almora dance centre in the Himalayas and is caught up between two women - Kamini and Uma. Shankar wrote, directed, and starred in this drama. A writer goes to a film producer with a story in the hope of selling the idea for a film. As he is explaining it to the producer, the scenes from his movie come to life as well as passages from his own life. Reality and the surreal are combined throughout the story. When the producer refuses to back his movie, the writer makes a passionate plea for Indian filmmakers to break with tradition and take on new cinematic challenges.

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