Ghatashraddha (The Ritual)
Location la: Redstone Theater
India. Dir. Girish Kasaravalli. 1977, 108 mins. 35mm. In Kannada with English subtitles. With Meena Kuttappa, Naraya Bhat, Ajith Kumar. One of the key works of the Indian New Wave, this spare, haunting drama tells the story of a bond that develops between two outsiders: a young Brahmin boy (Ajith Kumar) who faces bullying at school and the headmaster’s unmarried daughter (Meena Kuttappa) who conceals a secret pregnancy lest she be excommunicated. Winner of Best Feature at the 1977 National Film Awards, Ghatashraddha raised the profile of Kannada- language cinema both at home and abroad and helped to establish it as a major force within the Indian film industry.
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