17 Jan 2019

Nainsukh (Amit Dutta, 2010)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Channeling the spirits of two great poets of cinema, Sergei Parajanov and Mani Kaul, Nainsukh - as unconventional as a docu-biopic can be - traces the life of the eponymous 18th century Pahari painter through his own works, by bringing the artist's brilliant miniatures to life as a series of contemplative, often breathtaking, meticulously composed tableaux vivants. Almost wordless (it's a shame that those few lines weren't scrapped) and gently draped in the ambient gauze embroidered by the sublimely beautiful traditional music (composed by Dishari Chakraborty), the entrancing images (many kudos to DP Mrinal Desai) tend to defy the rules of our (three-dimensional) reality, slowly moving to the rhythms of a dream...

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    1. It is available for rent or purchase at Vimeo on Demand. Here's the link:

      https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nainsukh

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