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Gaman (1978)

  • Release Date1978
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time119 min
  • Length3253.89 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number89354
  • Certificate Date24/10/1978

GAMAN is a poem of the dispossessed of this country; of those who are forced by circumstances beyond their control to leave their families and their homes thereby destroying the social and cultural fabric of their environment themselves. It is the story of a young man from U.P., Ghulam Hasan, who has little education, less land and no opportunity in his own village and has, therefore, to migrate to Bombay leaving behind his old mother and young wife, Khairun. With his deparature, life for these women comes to a standstill: the present is unbearable, the future uncertain. The only events of any significance are the periodical arrivals of letters and money orders from Bombay. Their lives are transformed into long, unending periods of waiting. In the Indian village, a woman or a household without a man loses all identity.

In the city, Ghulam finds refuge with his friend from the village, Lallu Lal Tewari who is a taxi driver and a colourful character who has completely come to terms with the nuances and contradictions of city life. He helps Ghulam to become first a taxi-cleaner and then a taxi-driver like himself. He himself is involved with a Maharashtrian girl, Yashodhara, and through her family the problems that Maharashtrians face as a result of the migration-onslaught are depicted. Lallu’s involvement with Yashodhara builds up into the final tragedy and crisis of the film.

Jaidev is the music director. He has used the fresh new voices of newcomers Chhaya Ganguli, Suresh Wadekar and Hariharan and the mature timbre of Hira Devi Mishra. His music is a blend of classical purity and rhythm.

(From the official press booklet)



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