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Trikal (Past, Present, Future)
Directed by Shyam Benegal
Produced by Freni M Variava
Written by Shyam Benegal (Story & Screenplay)
Shama Zaidi (Dialogue)
Starring Leela Naidu
Anita Kanwar
Neena Gupta
Soni Razdan
Dalip Tahil
Naseeruddin Shah
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Cinematography Ashok Mehta
Edited by Bhanudas Divakar
Release date
30 August 1985
Running time
137 min
Language Hindi, Konkani, Portuguese

Trikal (1985) (Past, Present and Future) is an Indian movie written and directed by Shyam Benegal, set in Goa during the early 1960s (pre liberation) Period. The film starred yester years actress, Leela Naidu, in a comeback role after many decades.

The film was selected for the Indian Panorama at Filmotsav 1986, and for the Indian Film Retrospective, Lisbon 1986. It was later invited to the London Film Festival 1986 [1]


Set in 1961 Goa, when colonial rule of Portuguese was on its last gasp,[2] the movie revolves around the life and tribulations of a fictional Goan Christian family called "Souza Soares".

Liberally sprinkled with dashes of humor, this is a fast-paced comedy about a family and their friends who lived through the transition of Goa from a Portuguese colony to a district governed by India. Ana (Sushma Prakash) is about to become engaged (unwillingly) to the unappealing Erasmo when her beloved grandfather suddenly dies. Her grandmother is so overwhelmed by grief that Ana's engagement is put on hold indefinitely (along with everything else) while granny tries to contact the spirit of her dead husband. But her wires get crossed each time and instead of grandpa, she brings forth ghosts of people the family has wronged in the past. Meanwhile, Ana's real love is hiding out in the cellar. As Ana's marriage to Erasmo draws near, she faints dead away because (as he soon finds out) she is pregnant, but not by him. These and other events are revealed in flashbacks as a former resident in the house returns to visit 25 years later.

The film was shot in the ancestral home of Mario Miranda, at Loutolim, Goa.




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