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1984 131’ col Bengali d/sc/co-dial Saroj De pc West Bengal Govt co-dial Jayanta Bhattacharya st Moti Nandy lyr Rabindranath Tagore c Kamal Nayak m Chinmoy Chatterjee lp Soumitra Chatterjee, Sreeparna Bannerjee, Moushumi Roy, Sarmishta Mukherjee, Subrata Sen, Swaroop Dutta

A sporting melodrama about a wayward but determined swimming coach, Kshitish Sinha (Chatterjee), and his star disciple, the female street urchin Kony (Bannerjee). Under her coach’s tutelage, Kony overcomes all adversities, including hostile sports administrators, and wins her race. Adapted from a story by the noted sports journalist and novelist Moti Nandy (cf. the novel Striker, filmed in 1978). Both the realism and the political references mandatory in Bengali cinema (club rivalry, Sinha becoming a speechwriter for a politically ambitious industrialist) are present, and Kony’s general defiance of both gender and class oppression keeps the sentimentalism within bounds. Director Saroj De was associated with the famous Agragami collective