The central figure of the film is represented by a mysterious figure called Gaja Gamini (Madhuri Dixit), who inspires, arouses, and confuses the common man. Gaja Gamini is the inspiration behind Leonardo da Vincis (Naseeruddin Shah) Mona Lisa, Kalidas poem Shakuntala, and a photojournalist named Shahrukhs (Shah Rukh Khan) photographs. The mysterious Gaja Gamini appears as four characters, one of them being Sangeeta, a blind girl from Banaras at the beginning of time, who inspires village women (Farida Jalal, Shilpa Shirodkar, and Shabana Aazmi) to revolt against a male-dominated system and carve a niche for women forever. Another character is Shakuntala, who is the subject of Kalidas poem of the same name. Shakuntala incites jealousy in the women and love in the men around her, charming humans and animals alike in the forests of Kerala.
Gaja Gamini is also Mona Lisa during the Renaissance, the object of painter Leonardo da Vincis obsession. Finally, Monika, the most confusing sector of the film, is supposed to represent the woman of the New Millennium. Kamdev, the God of Love (Inder Kumar), walks the earth throughout history, attempting to win the love of Gaja Gamini.Thrown into this mix is a large black wall, separating two different periods, and confrontations between Science (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Art (Mohan Agashe) at different points in history, showing that the world itself can change, but its original ideas will always be the same. For example, a play by Shakespeare written and performed by actors in the 15th century will still be performed in the 21st century, but with different actors.
The confrontations between art and science also bring about the idea that while science is firmly set on believing that which can only be proved, the basis for art is that which can be proved, and an intuitive sense that can be felt. Science uses the brain, while Art uses the brain and the heart. Another facet of the film is a gathri, a small bundle which a woman carries upon her head, like a burden, with which she must walk forever.
Madhuri Dixit, Shabana Azmi, Shilpa Shirodkar, Naseeruddin Shah, Shah Rukh Khan
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