Lekh Tandon Film

Kanika Bajpai, who has sung a song and played an important role in Lekh Tandon’s last film “Phir Usi Mod Par” poses at the red carpet of Berlin Film Festival 2018. The late director’s film was released at the festival. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—Filmmaker Lekh Tandon’s last directorial venture “Phir Usi Mod Par,” based on the controversial issue of Triple Talaq got exhibited at the Berlin Film Festival in English as “Back To Square One.”

The screening witnessed a jam-packed theatre with 120 film experts giving a standing ovation to the avant-garde movie. At the cocktail reception to follow at Waldorf Astoria; critics and filmgoers unanimously heaped generous praise on the film, applauding its bold subject, performances, music, and singing and, of course, the direction. The film’s team at Berlin comprised Kanika Bajpai, Trinetra Bajpai, Anil Tipnis and Suresh Singh Bishnoi.

After Mr. Tandon’s demise, his close friends Trinetra and Kanika have taken the onus of releasing the film. Mr. Bajpai has also given music to the film, and his wife Kanika has sung a song and played an important role in the film.

Tandon passed away last year and was a veteran filmmaker who worked from the 1940s and also was associated with big names like Raj Kapoor. His film, “Amrapali,” a flop when first released in 1966, gradually became a cult film thanks to its message, content, and music and earned its producer, the late F.C. Mehra, more money than all his hits, including Tandon’s “Professor!”

Among Tandon’s other films were another flop that became cult, “Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan,” “Jahan Pyar Miley” (an offbeat theme that marked his debut as producer), “Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye,” “Sharda,” “Agar Tum Na Hote” and the offbeat “Doosri Dulhan.” Tandon was also a director on television serials and acted in many films and serials as well.

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