Kanku (1970)

Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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In an effort to spotlight traditional Indian values concerning chastity and morality, this film chronicles the life of Kanku, a young widow who remains single after her husband's death. Knowing that his wife would fall victim to the cruelties leveled upon her by the caste system, Kanku's husband implored her to remarry when he was dying of pneumonia. She was accepted by the community when she and her husband were married, but now, because of her widow status, the caste system allows people from both genders to take advantage of her. Kanku earns only a modest living working a small parcel of land. When her young son grows up and wants to get married, Kanku has little money to give to the cause. She pawns an ankle bracelet to a wealthy local man to raise the money for the event. When she and this man engage in an affair, she becomes pregnant and, to avoid a scandal, the villagers force her to marry someone else. The village simpleton is selected to be the groom -- even though Kanku admits that the loanshark is the father of her child.



caste-system, pregnancy, scandal, widow/widower