indian cinema heritage foundation

Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992)

  • LanguageHindi

Manek Mulla is a young man barely out of his teens. He works in the Railway Mail Service and is a bachelor. After work, he sits in his little room in a Mohalla in the old part of Allahabad. Here he has an 'Adda' with several of his friends who visit him every evening. He holds court in a manner of speaking as he is both imaginative and loquacious. Being a delightful raconteur he regales his friends with all manner or stories and opinions on men, matters (not to forget women) and the world at large. 

This film narrative takes place over seven days during which time he tells three stories about himself. These in turn are discussed by the group for their veracity and what they mean and what moral they lead to. The stories revolve around Manek's involvement with women. In each case, one or another circumstance leads to his separation from his beloved. The tone of the stories is tongue in cheek and sometimes borders on the fantastic and surreal. There is consistently an ambiguity - a blurring of distinction between the real and the invented. 

For Manek Mulla, the purpose of telling these stories is to define the meaning of love. As it transpires none of the stories Manek tells actually define love... if they do, they define what love is not. 

The film is a comedy but not without a twinge of pain and a sense of loss.

(From the official press booklet)


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