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Shyam Benegal's Nayi Sherwani, 1986

Cross-posted from my Kashmir blog.

In year 1986 Doordarshan ran a tele-film series called 'Katha Sagar' directed by few prominent and few would-be prominent film-makers who presented adaptations of some famous international short stories, but all of them set in various parts of India.  In on of these adaptations, Shyam Benegal turned Gogol's The Overcoat into Nayi Sherwani and set it in Srinagar. The adaption with its scenes of Kashmir life and office bureaucracy makes one think that Gogol had written the story for Kashmir and not Russia (Kashmiri writer Amin Kamil's Kafan Chor seems like a darker sequel to Gogol's story).


Here's the film: video link
Part 2

1 comment:

  1. This was one of my favorites. And Mahabharat. And Malgudi Days. Teeh.
    Your blog is amazing. Kudos!

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