Rukmavati Ki Haveli
|Rukmavati Ki Haveli|
|Directed by||Govind Nihalani|
|Written by||Federico García Lorca (play)|
Govind Nihalani (screenplay)
|Starring||Uttara Baokar, Ila Arun, Kitu Gidwani, Jyoti Subhash, Pallavi Joshi, Sohaila Kapur, Suneeta Sengupta.|
|Music by||Ila Arun|
Nihalani's screenplay transports Lorca's Spanish setting on to a Rajasthan village. Rukmavati, a domineering matriarch has five daughters Savitri, Damayanti, Chandra, Mumal and Padma, all unmarried. The domineering woman has inexorable control over her daughters placing them all in a repressive setting where they don't have any social life of their own outside their home. The frustrated and angry daughters respond in their individual ways to their mother's cruelty leading to a tragic ending.
Nahar Singh starts courting the eldest daughter Savitri but the youngest daughter Padma falls in love with him. He also responds to her. This makes Mumal jealous of her. One night as Padma goes out with Nahar, Mumal follows them leading to a confrontation. Rukmavati fires at Nahar. Padma commits suicide. Rukmavati, shaken but unbending still, has only to say, "My daughter died a virgin."
Ajay Munjal and A.M. Padmanabhan won the 39th National Film Award for best audiography and Samir Chanda for best art direction for the film.