Saturday, July 30, 2016

Simply Unparalleled: Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro

Pavan Malhotra, the name that many of us might not have heard yet. There are many such names like Makrand DeshpandeAshutosh GowarikerRajendra GuptaNeelima AzeemVikram GokhaleSurekha SikriNishigandha.
These are not the stars of Hindi cinema industry but these are the actors who truly know the art of expression. If you don't believe me then you should switch to parallel cinema - a cinema that represents a true picture of Indian society.
Salim Lande Pe Mat Ro is one such gem of parallel cinema of year 1989, directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, with Pavan Malhotra as lead. The film won the 37th National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 1989 and 1990 National Film Award for Best Cinematography.
The film is depicts the period of the Hindutva mobilization of the 1980s, the consequent explosive communal conflict, and its impact on the lives of the young men of the minority Muslim community, represented by a working class Muslim family in Mumbai. Salim Pasha (Pavan Malhotra), a.k.a. Salim Landga is a small-time thief and goonda and lives with his parents and sister in a shady neighborhood where crime and illegal activities are accepted professions.