Manthan - The Churning (1976)

Banner: Gujarat Co-operative
Director: Shyam Benegal

Cast: Girish Karnad, Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Naseruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Savita Bajaj, Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

Total Length: 2 hrs. 8 mins.

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Synopsis: Manthan relates the story of a young urban group headed by a veterinary doctor, whichis sent by an organization to a poor village in order to help start a milk cooperative.
As they proceed, they come up against two kinds of vested interests. One, a private contractor who has been exploiting the village for years and two, the village headmen who sees in the cooperative a means to strengthen his own power.
The team leader, who can see this thinks that if he could get the poor majority (who also happen to belong to the harijan community - or the out-castes) into the cooperative, he can thwart the headman. More>>