Out of all of Shyam Benegal's movies I like Bhumika
the most. It presents a combination of the vibrant,
visual energy of Bollywood, the depth of character
of the films of Ray, with a narrative complexity,
formal daring, and willingness to experiment..
The film betrays a knowledge and mastery of the
Bollywood melodrama, taking not only its visual
cue from it, but its use of a despised, populist
form to create a charged, critical work. The performances
of Smita Patil and Amarish Puri is outstanding.
Music by Vanraj Bhatia is so evocative of the
period and integral to the flow of the movie.