Ghashiram Kotwal 1976
Produced by the Yukt Film Co-operative under the direction of K. Hariharan and Mani Kaul, it is based on the play of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar, whose real-life historical inspiration was the biography of influential minister Nana Phadnavis (1741–1800). It describes the development and fall of the Peshwa regime in western India before the backdrop of political intrigue and corruption that ravaged the country as the threat of colonialism continued to grow. In order to secure his power, Nana appoints Ghashiram as state chief of police and espionage. Just as he once suffered injustice and swore to take revenge, Ghashiram now begins exercising despotic power against the Brahmans, until they demand his execution.

The film’s experimental aesthetic was developed by exploring different fictional and documentary practices in theatre and film.

For nearly 4 decades, the film was considered lost, with no surviving negative prints – not even in the National Film Archives in Pune.

Directors: K. Hariharan, Mani Kaul, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Kamal Swaroop
Cast: Mohan Agashe, Rajani Chavan, Om Puri, Vandana Pandit, Shriram Ranade, Ravindra Sathe
Country: India
Genre: Biography, History

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:43:34 | 7.66 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Marathi
Subtitles: English, German (both hardcoded)