|Directed by||Kamal Swaroop|
|Produced by||Kamal Swaroop|
|Written by||Kuku (dialogue)|
|Music by||Rajat Dholakia
|Editing by||Ravi Gupta
|Running time||101 min.|
Om Dar-Ba-Dar is a 1988 Indian postmodernist Hindi film directed by Kamal Swaroop and starring Anita Kanwar, Aditya Lakhia and Gopi Desai in lead roles. The film set in Ajmer and Pushkar in Rajasthan, employed nonlinear narrative and an absurdist storyline to satire mythology, arts, politics and philosophy.
It was never commercially released in India, though it achieved success in International Film Festivals and soon became a cult film. In 2013, National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) is set to release a digitally restored print of the film.
Om-Dar-Ba-Dar is a portrait of life in Ajmer town. The film tells the story of a young boy called Om in the period of his carefree adolescence and its harsh disillusionments. The story starts like a comedy and ends like a thriller. Om has a rather strange family. His father Babuji, a government employee, leaves his job so that he can dedicate himself to astrology; Om's older sister Gayatri is dating a good-for-nothing. Om is involved in science, but is also attracted to magic and religion. Above all it seems as if his really outstanding skill is his ability to hold his breath for a long time.
- Anita Kanwar as Phoolkumari
- Gopi Desai as Gayatri
- Lalit Tiwari as Jagdish
- Bhairavchnadra Sharma
- Lakshminarayan Shastri as Om's Father
- Ramesh Mathur
- Aditya Lakhia as Om as Older Boy
- Manish Gupta as Om as Young Boy
- Peter Morris Messe
The film won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film in 1989.
- Om Dar-Ba-Dar at the Internet Movie Database
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- Om-Dar-Ba-Dar review
- Om Dar Ba Dar : A Pioneer in Indian Avante-Garde