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  • Mirch Masala

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     1'''Mirch Masala''' 
     4aka Spices 
     51985 128’ col Hindi 
     6d Ketan Mehta pc NFDC st Chunilal Madia 
     7sc Hriday Lani, Tripurari Sharma lyr Babubhai 
     8Ranpura c Jehangir Choudhury m Rajat 
     10lp Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Om Puri, 
     11Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval, Benjamin Gilani, 
     12Raj Babbar, Mohan Gokhale, Supriya Pathak, 
     13Dina Pathak, Ratna Pathak, Ram Gopal 
     16Following its commercial release in New York 
     17this became Mehta’s best-known film outside 
     18India. Intended as an allegory of colonial 
     19oppression but presented as a sex-and-violence 
     20drama, the film is set in pre-Independence 
     21Saurashtra. The despotic tax collector Subedar 
     22(Shah), dressed in a way that evokes British 
     2319th C. catchpenny prints and Daumier’s 
     24cartoons, imposes his rule on a village. All the 
     25villagers try to satisfy his every whim, except 
     26for the protesting schoolteacher (Gilani). The 
     27drama starts when the beautiful Sonbai (Patil) 
     28is to be surrendered to the lecherous Subedar. 
     29She takes refuge in the courtyard of a spice 
     30factory run entirely by women and is protected 
     31by an aged watchman (Om Puri) who closes 
     32the gates to Subedar’s men. Although made in 
     33Hindi, the film draws on Gujarati verbal and 
     34performative idioms. Mehta explicitly deployed 
     35stock literary melodrama characters, but these 
     36cliches from contemporary popular culture lack 
     37the historical resonance achieved by the more 
     38complex figures Mehta used in his 
     39extraordinary Bhavni Bhavai (1980).