Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Om Dar-b-dar

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     1'''Om Dar-b-dar''' 
     41988 101’ col Hindi 
     5d/p/s/lyr Kamal Swaroop pc NFDC c Ashwani 
     6Kaul, Milind Ranade m Rajat Dholakia 
     7lp Anita Kanwar, Gopi Desai, Lalit Tiwari, 
     8Aditya Lakhia, Bhairav Chandra Sharma, 
     9Lakshminarayan Shastri, Ramesh Mathur, 
     10Manish Gupta, Peter Morris 
     13One of the most unusual independent films of 
     14the 80s, Kamal Swaroop’s debut briefly 
     15suggested the possibility of an avant-garde. Set 
     16in a mythical small town in Rajasthan, akin to 
     17the Jhumri Talaiya whence stem the largest 
     18number of requests for film music singles 
     19addressed All India Radio’s commercial 
     20channel, the film tells of a boy, Om, growing 
     21into adolescence (Manish Gupta plays the 
     22young Om, Aditya Lakhia the older boy). The 
     23son of a fortune teller (Shastri) and the younger 
     24brother of Gayatri (Desai), Om’s major problem 
     25is that, riddled with guilt about his voyeurism, 
     26he believes himself to be responsible for 
     27everything that happens around him. Gayatri is 
     28courted by Jagdish (Tiwari) as she dreams of a 
     29future that would allow her to ride a bicycle or 
     30to sit in the men’s section of a movie theatre. 
     31Many of Om’s fantasies about sexuality and 
     32death are graphically realised in remarkable 
     33song sequences: a science teacher dissecting a 
     34frog expands into the Felliniesque Rana 
     35Tigrina number, or the moonwalk on a terrace 
     36on the night that Neil Armstrong landed on the 
     37moon. This double-edged satire acquires a 
     38further dimension with the entry of 
     39Phoolkumari (Kanwar), whose sexuality sends 
     40out beguiling and horrifying messages evoking, 
     41for Jagdish, the world of cheap Hindi 
     42novelettes. Then war is declared as the Diwali 
     43firecrackers become real explosions, the 
     44father’s (Shastri) diamonds hoarded for blackmarket 
     45purposes are lost on the sethji’s 
     46property where they are swallowed by frogs. In 
     47the end, Om atones by enacting the traditional 
     48legend of Brahma’s descent to earth, the origin 
     49of the Pushkar fair which today is a major 
     50tourist attraction in Rajasthan. Om learns the art 
     51of breathing underwater and turns into a tourist 
     52exhibit. The jerky, fast-moving and witty film 
     53proceeds by way of symbolic imagery 
     54including tadpoles, skeletons and fantasies 
     55derived from Hindi movies, advertising, 
     56television and the popular Hindi novel. The 
     57music and soundtracks are remarkably 
     58inventive (e.g. the transformation of Come 
     59September into the number A-a-a mohabbat 
     60humsafar ho jaye).