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Revenge of the spouse

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When he was young, MN was like the protagonist of Sakharam Binder – he used to curse and beat his wife regularly. Vijay Tendulkar‘s hero brought home women abandoned by their husbands and abused them. MN went a step further. He used to bring home a different ‘lady of the night’ every night.
Now he is 75, and completely bed-ridden.
His son and daughter-in-law attend to his every minor need.
And his wife of 55 years, the one he had abused all those years?
She does not look even once in his direction!
Reminds me of the actress playing Kulbhushan Kharbanda’s wife in Manorama Six Feet Under. Throughout the film, she silently moves around in a wheelchair, tolerating his philandering and even paedophalic ways.
She reacts only once – when she hears that her husband is dying of cancer.
She lets out a long, loud laugh, one that reverberates throughout the room as three other characters, including her husband, watch her, amazed.
She revels in his new-found misery – and the audience smiles with her…


Written by Raju Bist

February 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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