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aka The Misbegotten 1981 135’ col Marathi d Amol Palekar pc Dnya Films s Vijay Tendulkar c S.D. Deodhar m Bhaskar Chandavarkar, Ashok Patki lp Amol Palekar, Chitra Palekar, Rekha Sabnis, Dilip Kulkarni

Film star and stage director Palekar’s directorial debut is based on a series of brutal ritual murders among tribals in Manwat, Maharashtra. The central characters are the corrupt Mukutrao Shinde (A. Palekar), an influential trader, fence and smuggler, and his mistress Ruhi (C. Palekar). The middle-aged Ruhi, desperate to consolidate her hold on her husband, wants to become pregnant and initiates the ritual murders of five young virgins to facilitate the desired event. The greedy Mukutrao’s hope to become rich on completion of the ritual stifles his fear of being caught. The fast-moving, confidently edited story quickly abandons its initial realism in favour of the suspense.