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By Renuka Shahane

GENRE: Drama

Anu, a renowned Odissi dancer, and her daughter Masha, have to confront their chequered past when Anu’s mother Nayan, an acclaimed author, slips into a coma & her autobiography has to be completed.


“Tribhanga”, set in Mumbai, is the story of Nayan, Anu and Masha, three powerful women of one family, but different generations. Nayan, a critically acclaimed Marathi litterateur has two children, Anu and Robindro. Their idyllic childhood has been shattered by their parents’ divorce, which has determined the course of their dysfunctional lives. Anu, a renowned Odissi dancer, has been a model & actress in the ‘80s. She has borne Masha out of wedlock, a choice Masha has lived with gracefully.WhenNayan slips into a coma, Milind, Nayan’s ghost writer, wants to complete her autobiography even as Nayan lies comatose. What follows is a regurgitation of all the harsh memories, anger & hurt of their past. This helps heal Anu’s acrimonious feelings towards Nayan; but it is too late. Nayan passes away before their relationship can be mended. Milind completes her autobiography and calls it ‘Tribhanga’, the Odissi dance pose that is disjointed and asymmetrical, yet mesmerising, much like the protagonists.‘Tribhanga’ is a scathing comment on the patriarchal system that creates obstacles for women who want to achieve something different from the conventional.

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