“Laila Aur Satt Geet”… Pushpendra Singh’s Kashmir-set folktale, which had its world premiere at Berlinale, is gorgeously moody poetry

Posted on February 29, 2020


Laila herself may be a stand-in for Kashmir. Look how people keep talking about her beauty. Isn’t that what Jahangir implied in the most famous lines about the state!

Spoilers ahead…

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Titles don’t get much more instructive than that of Pushpendra Singh’s Laila Aur Satt Geet (aka The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs), which is based on a story by Vijaydan Detha. The protagonist — Laila (Navjot Randhawa) is a beautiful Kashmiri shepherdess from the Bakarwal community, and the film tracks her trajectory in seven parts, each marked by  song. The first one is Song of Marriage. Laila weds Tanvir (Sadakkit Bijran). The second one is Song of Migration. With goats and sheep, Laila migrates to Tanvir’s village. Some may recall Gulzar’s Satrangi Re, from Dil Se, which covered the seven stages of love in the Sufi tradition. If that was a song, this is a symphonic poem, narrated with the powerful simplicity of a folktale.

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