S3 Episode 11: Shakti (1982) - with Gautam Chintamani

Film historian and writer Gautam Chintamani joins us for a deep dive into Ramesh Sippy's Shakti (1982). 

A film that Sippy is most proud of, by some accounts. A film that's Salim Khan's personal favorite among the films he co-wrote with Javed Akhtar.  A film that pits together two giants of Hindi cinema, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. 

Gautam and I tried to unpack why Shakti is one of Dilip Kumar's greatest films and how the legendary actor was able to elevate the performances of his co-actors. We also discussed the craft of Shakti, the women of Shakti and how they are projected as the mature counterparts of their partners, how the film can be seen as an amalgamation of Salim-Javed's films, the film's terrific score by R D Burman, and how Bachchan was neither overshadowed nor overshadowing in the film. 

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