Sparsh (1980)

Apr 13, 2020
Sparsh (1980)

Sparsh is a 1980 Indian Hindi feature film directed by Sai Paranjpye. And it stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi playing the Leading role in the movie.

The film won numerous awards including National Film Award of Best Actor for Naseeruddin Shah, and Best Screenplay for Sai Paranjppye, at the Filmfare Award – Best Director and a Best Dialogue Award was given by Sai Paranjpye. The film also won the National Film Award for the Best Features Film in Hindi

Sparsh’s music was composed by veteran music director Kanu Roy and the lyrics were written by Indu Jain.

Anirudh Parmar, a visually impaired young man, runs a school for the blind children as a principal.He works towards making his students self-reliant and hates the society for pitying people like him.One evening, at a party, he meets Kavita, a young widow, and offers her to teach in his school. She starts coming to the school on a regular basis and starts devoting her entire time and energies completely to the happiness and benefit of the children. She tells them stories, helps them prepare for dramas, but more than all this, she gives them the motherly love they were devoid of earlier. Meanwhile, the bond between Kavita and Anirudh starts getting stronger with each passing day

After that Anirudh and Kavita fall in love and get engaged. However, after some time, Anirudh starts having doubts whether this marriage is going to succeed. He feels he is being demeaned, and pitied, and hence breaks their engagement, He starts to feel that Kavita is making a sacrifice by marrying him and is forcing herself into lifelong misery and compromise.

Most of the film was shot at the Blind Relief Association in New Delhi and the character of Anirudh is modelled on Mr Mittal, who was the headmaster of the Blind Relief Association

The film remains most memorable for the subtle acting of its leads, plus the handling of the issue of relationships with the visually handicapped, revealing the emotional and perception divide between the world, the “blind” and the “sighted”