Directed by Mani Kaul • 1973 • India
Starring Ravi Menon, Raisa Padamsee, Hardan
A Rajasthani folktale provides the inspiration for DUVIDHA (“The Dilemma”), a mesmerizing ghost story rendered sublime by director Mani Kaul’s singular synthesis of classical traditions and modernist experimentation. While her merchant husband (Ravi Menon) is away for five years seeking his fortune, a newlywed bride (Raisa Padamsee) is visited by a lovestruck ghost who assumes the form of her absent husband in order to be near her. Complications arise, however, when the young woman’s real husband returns and she must choose between him and the life she has built with his spirit doppelgänger.