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Movie: Kalyug (1981, Hindi, India)

Kalyug, based in the late-1970s/ early-1980s, is a taut and powerful story of fierce rivalry between two business families (related to each other) in the days of the license-raj in India. The story has very direct parallels with the mythological epic Mahabharta.

Directed by Shyam Benegal, Kalyug has an array of stars – from the mainstream/ popular movies as well the arthouse/ parallel cinema. Kalyug, released in 1981, received critical acclaim and was a box-office success as well.

Kalyug (1981 Movie) - DVD Cover Image

Directed by Shyam Benegal
Released in 1981
Genre Drama, Thriller
Cast
  • Shashi Kapoor as Karan Singh
  • Rekha as Supriya
  • Anant Nag as Bharat Raj
  • Victor Banerjee as Dhan Raj
  • Raj Babbar as Dharam Raj
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Bal Raj
  • Sushma Seth as Savitri
  • Om Puri as Bhavani Pandey
  • A K Hangal as Bhisham Chand
  • Supriya Pathak as Subhadra
  • Akash Khurana as Sandeep Raj

and many more known names like Amrish Puri and Vinod Doshi.

Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Produced by Shashi Kapoor
Written by Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, and Satyadev Dubey
Language Hindi
Length 2 hours 32 minutes

The DVD is available at Amazon.in, Amazon.com, and Flipkart.

The Plot

Two business families (related to each other) run heavy engineering/ fabrication firms and often compete with each other. Orders from government bodies are coveted by both the business families.

The first family (Puranchand family) – let us call it the P-family, has three brothers in their 30s and 40s. The third brother, Bharat Raj (played by Anant Nag) is ambitious, sharp, and competitive and activily runs the business. The eldest brother, Dharam Raj (played by Raj Babbar) is more interested in his race horses. The second brother Bal Raj (played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is a cheerful person, still besotted by his wife.
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