Debshishu (1986)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - India   |  
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

In a conventional Indian melodrama that underscores political ills such as corruption and social problems such as runaway popular beliefs, director Uptlendu Chakraborty wraps a larger picture around the long-suffering parents of a supposed "child-god." A woman named Sita gives birth to a three-headed baby, and her peasant husband immediately adopts the child out to the first taker. He later finds out that the "taker" is getting rich off the baby because he is touting him as the incarnation of a god. So the peasant comes home and after physically abusing his wife, he demands that she produce another such progeny so they can get rich too. The misery of their lives is told in flashbacks, and after awhile, it becomes apparent why the father reacted so severely.