Bazaar (Market), the 1982 movie with Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Farooq Shaikh and Supriya Pathak has touched my heart like no other. It has been ages since I have seen this movie, but I still remember most of it. It had affected me in a strong way when I first saw it.

A little background before I get into how this movie made an impact on me.

My parents used to be movie buffs. They would go to many movies together. We used to live in the residents’ colony next to the factory that my dad worked in. There was just one theatre in the colony. So they would “go the city” to catch up on movies. All this was before I was born. After that, they either lost interest or thought it was cumbersome to take 2 kids to the city for movies. Whatever the reason, we rarely went to any movie in the city (expect for a Bruce Lee movie, more on that later!). Any good movie that was shown in the colony theatre was our only movie experience. So essentially, our movie outings were very few.

And then Doordarshan happened! TV came to Bangalore with the Asian Games in 1982. I do not know how many of my readers will relate to this. This was a magical box that had programmes from 6 pm to 10pm! My young readers must be laughing by now! 😀 . But for us it was special. The black and white TV with a door (and a key too) was a jaadoo ka pitara! In Bangalore, every Saturday was Kannada movie time and every Sunday, evening 5.30 was special time. It was the time for the Hindi movie of the week! We would wait for this every week.

One such movie that I watched on DD (doordarshan) was Bazaar.

It is a heart touching story of a young Hyderabadi muslim girl who is sold off to the highest bidder in the guise of marriage. The sensitive portrayal of this vulnerable girl who has no idea about the fake marriage that she is getting into by Supriya Pathak is wonderful. Veteran actors Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah play the facilitators to this wedding. Later they are ridden by guilt. Farooq Shaikh plays the boy who loves Supriya.

All these actors are powerhouse performers. Their collective body of work is awe-inspiring.

This story is based on real incidents of similar events where young girls are “married” off to wealthy old men from the Gulf by the impoverished parents for money. The plight of the hapless girls is very sad as they get abandoned by their husbands soon after the marriage.

I was about 14 or 15 when I first saw this movie. This story moved me so much because I had no idea that such things even happened. I was shocked and angered at the same time. I realised the importance of education of girls with this movie. I was also mainly shocked by the parents’ callousness of selling their daughter. Then I understood that the crippling poverty made them do it. That was when I understood the truth about the statement of Mahatma Gandhiji that “Poverty is the worst form of violence“.

The songs of this film are lilting and soulful. “Dihkayii diye yun“, “Karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegi” and “Phir chidi raat” are evergreen even today after so many years. I am sharing the youtube link to two of my favourite songs from the film.

The A2Z challenge 2019 is going to be all the movies that have left an impact on me someway or the other. Some have made me think. Some that I like a lot, some that I really hated. But all of them have left a memory behind which makes the movie more special than the rest. They may not be all classics or iconic but they are close to my heart.

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