In our special series re-visiting great Hindi film classics, we look back at Jaya Bachchan and Vijay Anand's Kora Kagaz (1974).
Marriage is a complex institution. It brings its own share of requirements, rewards and challenges.
Too bad one isn’t handed a manual at the time of tying the knot, only experiences render a lesson in maturity. Blissful companionship can only develop if two people who are genuinely fond of each other resolve to respect, appreciate and understand their partner's needs and expectations.
The operative word here being two. Any more and a marriage bears the potential to crumble or crash.
Director Anil Ganguly’s 1974 marital drama, Kora Kagaz, starring Jaya Bachchan and Vijay Anand, emphasises why this space is created for two members only and how unsolicited interference from a third will invariably cause a rift.
Additionally, the restraint Kora Kagaz exercises, considering the meddlesome third party here is the girl’s overbearing mother, is most impressive. What typically works as a time-tested ploy to unleash high-pitched melodrama is perceived with surprising humaneness in this feature.
, which I revisited recently, Kora Kagaz
too is based on Ashutosh Mukhopadhyaya’s story, first adapted in Bengali as Saat Pake Bandha
(1963) by Ajoy Kar with Suchitra Sen and Soumitra Chatterjee in the lead.