Pinjar: Film Review

‘Pinjar’, produced by Fortunate Star’s Leisure Ltd. and directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, is a film set within the Indian subcontinent the place the battle for freedom from the British colonialists is at its climax. The movie is predicated on Amrita Pritam’s novel of the identical identify and is a successful try at recreating historical past.

‘Pinjar’ (that means ‘cage’ or ‘skeleton’) revolves across the story of Puro, a younger lady from a Hindu household residing in Amritsar. In search of an appropriate bridegroom for his or her daughter, the household journeys to their village of Chattovani the place they settle the wedding of Puro with Ramchand, who's from the village of Rattovall. As per custom, an change should happen and so, Puro’s brother is engaged to Ramchand’s sister, Lajjo.   

All is bliss for Puro till an unlucky incident adjustments her life perpetually, when she is tragically kidnapped by Rashid, a Muslim man who carries her away on his horse whereas she is on a visit to the fields. Puro, hysterical and frantic, begs Rashid to return her to her distraught household. Rashid explains that Puro’s abduction was a results of an ancestral household dispute. Puro’s ancestors had rendered the Muslim household homeless over a mortgage default and kidnapped a lady from their home to dishonor them. Rashid was made to swear upon the Holy Quran by his uncle and cousins to avenge their kin and regain their honor. He tells Puro that her household will refuse to just accept her now and henceforth, she's going to at all times stay an outcast. He confesses that he's remorseful however helpless, and that he has beloved Puro because the first second he laid eyes on her. Puro refuses to imagine him and escapes again to her home one evening the place her hopes are shattered. It's a particularly emotional sight as her personal mother and father inform her it's best if she returns else the Muslims would reside to slaughtering their complete household. Moreover, she has spent the evening in one other man’s home. Nothing can change the truth that she is now a stain on their honor. Therefore, Puro returns to Rashid.


Again in Rattovall, Ramchand is obtainable Rajjo’s (Puro’s sister) hand in marriage however he refuses on moral grounds and so Rajjo is married to Ramchand’s cousin. Puro’s brother Trilok marries Lajjo as promised. In the meantime Rashid marries Puro and takes her away to dwell in Sakkadali. There, she miscarries Rashid’s youngster and leads a depressing life. Her arm is forcefully tattooed with the Muslim identify ‘Hamida’. She continues to dream of her fiancé Ramchand and even tearfully encounters him within the fields on a visit again to the village. With time she additionally learns that deep down Rashid is an effective man and that his repentance is real. At this level politics takes a flip because the partition is introduced and riots escape throughout. Ramchand’s village falls in Pakistan and he and his household, excluding a misplaced father, are pressured to hitch a refugee group journeying to India. On the best way nevertheless, the migrants are attacked by a gang of thugs and Lajjo, Ramchand’s sister is tragically kidnapped. The group proceeds to accept an evening close to Sakkadali. Puro visits the camp and meets Ramchand who's distressed and asks for her to search for Lajjo. Puro guarantees to not let him down.


Puro travels from home to accommodate in Rattovall, pretending to be a salesgirl. Lastly she manages to search out Lajjo, held captive in her personal home by Muslims. With the assistance of Rashid she manages to rescue her and the climax of the film approaches as Ramchand and Trilok each await on the Wagah border to take Lajjo with them to Hindustan. There's a tearful reunion of two pairs of brother and sister. Trilok embraces Puro and presents her with the selection of returning with him to her kin, since Ramchand is able to settle for her. It's right here that Puro, withstanding the chance of a reunion along with her household, chooses to stay with Rashid and bids her brother farewell perpetually.

The film underlines numerous points in a non biased manner, utilizing the partition theme in its entirety. It depicts the turmoil ensuing from the partition, the place hundreds of thousands of households have been displaced and innumerable ladies have been kidnapped and raped. Hindu-Muslim relations across the tentative interval circling 1947 are a chief topic of the movie. The massive distinction of opinion relating to the partition is essentially depicted. ‘Pinjar’ reveals that many Hindus and Muslims genuinely believed that they have been a stronger power collectively and that the partition was an try and disunite the Indians. Contemplating the interval by which the film has been set, one additionally realizes that the communal hatred was largely a manifestation of the patriarchy and had roots too deep within the minds of each Hindu and Muslim males. The enmity was ancestral and was a matter of honor, extra for the male neighborhood. It was the lads of Rashid’s household who thought of it a matter of utmost significance to avenge their ancestors and it was Puro’s brother who set hearth to Rashid’s crop.


All feuds and disputes, it appears, are created and propagated by males. It's right here that girls turn into a software of honor and dishonor and the precept goal of all patriarchal video games. One such sufferer is the kidnapped Puro. In a selected shifting scene, she asks Rashid how she may presumably be held liable for against the law her grand-uncle dedicated. Amidst the partition chaos, Lajjo was prey to comparable tragedy, as have been tons of of different women.


Notably appalling is the scene the place Puro is rejected by her household when she returns. The illiberal pondering of the society is all too obvious because the lady is requested to return to her kidnapper. Nothing is above household honor and picture. The choices destiny makes are accepted with out query. In a sure dialogue, Puro, after listening to the story of a gang raped lady, goes so far as saying that to be born a lady is nothing lower than a curse. The society is blindly merciless to these with whom destiny is unfair. This perspective adjustments solely when the violence turns into giant scale and impacts all. When Lajjo says that she can't return residence out of disgrace, Puro tells her to not fear, because the partition atrocities have opened everybody’s eyes. Individuals are accepting their kidnapped women with open arms.


It's also obvious that a change of basic pondering was additionally underway at this cut-off date, particularly among the many younger, as is seen in Trilok, who's an ardent participant of politics and is usually even scorned by his father for overly supporting the Congress. Had he been current in the home when Puro had returned, he would absolutely haven't let her return. He saved the seek for his sister alive until the very finish. Ramchand is one other enlightened youth. A faculty instructor, he believes all religions to be one in essence, and shows excessive morality in his willingness to just accept Puro as his spouse even after her abduction. 


Whereas in Sakkadali, Puro sympathizes with a feminine tramp who roams the village. She has developed an understanding for societal outcasts. Ultimately the tramp dies throughout childbirth as she conceives kind rape. Puro adopts and raises the helpless child however afterward is pressured to surrender the kid beneath strain of the males of the village council. They declare the child since he's from a Hindu mom and ignore Puro’s pleas to maintain the toddler, making it a matter of non secular honor.


Sure scenes of the film present that Hindu – Muslim accord was not as unattainable as has usually been perceived. In a depicted anti-partition demonstration, the speaker tells the viewers that Hindus and Muslims have been residing in a single nation for many years and there's no cause why they can not proceed to take action.


One other attention-grabbing character is that of the Muslim Rashid. After the unforgiveable sin he commits, his character unfolds as considered one of an basically simply and moral man who's deeply in love with Puro. When his farm is burnt down by her brother, he refuses to take revenge understanding that the act was merely a response to a sin he has dedicated. He pleads in entrance of the Hindu elders to maintain the kid his spouse has raised and agrees to avoid wasting Lajjo in an try to realize respect within the eyes of Puro. This reveals that regardless of the widespread communal hatred many males have been troubled by their conscience and have been able to making ethical choices.


The film depicts the trauma of younger Puro with utmost accuracy, large amount of credit score going to Urmila Matondkar’s glorious appearing. Her character represents an ill-fated partition-era feminine. She performs the entire lady, being daughter, sister, spouse and mom. Nevertheless she by no means accepts her marriage or her life. She is a skeleton, a ‘Pinjar’, current however not residing.


The climax of the film reveals Puro being provided acceptance again to her household which she dramatically rejects. As to why she did so, that has been left a semi thriller for the viewer. We might assume that that Puro renders basically female habits, finally studying to like her husband. She couldn't muster the braveness to be disloyal to a person who had been an excellent husband for therefore lengthy. Puro discovered solace in rescuing Lajjo and might be incapable of additional upheavals in life. She has a husband, a house and is content material. She is aware of the place she belongs and her life at this level is past restore.

 On a lighter be aware, the film has superbly portrayed the bond between dad or mum and youngster and amongst siblings. The precise to the customs, rituals and beliefs of that specific time has been successfully illustrated. The simplicity and familial camaraderie of that eon are nothing lower than charming.