Anaahat (Eternity) --Bay Area Premiere
pm, November 14, Roxie Theatre
Director: Amol Palekar
Country: India (2003)
Running Time: 90 min; 35mm color
Marathi w/English subtitles
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The second film in Amol Palekar's trilogy exploring sexuality, Anaahat (Eternity) is a tale of a woman's sexual awakening. This contemplative and gorgeous period drama, unfolds in 10th century B.C., in the ancient capital city of the Malla kingdom,(ancient India).
The King of Malla is incapable of fathering a child and has no heir.
His loving wife Sheelavati (Sonali Bendre) is forced by her duty and
the Senate to find a mate in accordance with the ancient custom of Niyog.
If a married woman's husband was impotent, Niyog -- which dates back
to the 6th century -- was the practice of selecting her, an alternate
mate, for the sole purpose of producing an heir. Reluctantly, the queen
gives in to the wishes of the Senate. During an emotionally charged
24 hours we witness the Kings' emotional turmoil - his struggle between
love and duty - and the Queen's painful yet beautifully growing awareness
of herself as a wife and a woman and her choices as an individual.