If people of the Western world were introduced to Indian films as full of colors, songs, and dance; they also had a rendezvous with the Indian realistic cinema. For instance, Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali first premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in 1955 and then later it was released in Kolkata the same year. During the 1960s, the Indian government financed some of the independent films based on Indian themes.
One of Shyam Benegal’s many magical masterpieces, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda is a nuanced performance in the age-old art of storytelling. Rajit Kapur in his very first performance for the screen is absolutely effortless in his portrayal of the mystical, layered Manik Mulla, while an ensemble cast of supporting actors make this film a deft spectacle of acting genius.