Comparative Analysis: Pather Panchai And Lagaan

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MEDIA STUDIES: SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER END EVALUATION PATHER PANCHALI & LAGAAN: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Pather Panchali (1955) is a Bengali film shot in Calcutta whereas Lagaan (2001) was filmed in Gujarat. This purpose of this paper is to conduct a comparative analysis between these movies belonging to two different eras. Though both films are village based, there are certain differences in many scenes besides the similarities. Aspects such as the social life in the villages, childhood and relationships can be considered in order to study these award winning cinemas. To begin with, Pather Panchali and Lagaan include a typical rural scenario, in which we can see poor settlements amidst woods in the former and mostly barren land in the latter. The scenario in Pather Panchali focuses mostly on Apu’s family rather than a community settlement within the village. On the other hand, Lagaan’s entire focus is on the entire united community that resides as a single unit within the village. The settlements consist of less privileged families with women carrying out household chores and children playing around freely, whereas the men of the house are showcased as farmers, working day and night. As mentioned above, Apu’s family and the villager community of Champaner are the central ideas of Pather Panchali and Lagaan respectively. Accordingly, the scenes in each film revolve around these central ideas. In Pather Panchali, personal family matters among Harihar Roy (father), Sarbhajaya

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