By Nilesh P. Khandare(12 Dec 2011)
A woman is not born, but she is made a woman... says Simone De Beauvoir. A mask of womanhood is thrust upon her by the society, which is an outcome of conspiracy made by religion, customs and male chauvinism.
Tandala... The Mask is a story of such a woman who sis denied of her womanhood by imposing upon her the mask of a deity. Sonsala (Asawari Joshi) is believed to be a goddes right since her childhood. Her parents, teachers, friends and at a later stage even her husband worship her seeking her blessings. But what if this holy status given to her suffocates her basic desires as a woman?
Story of Sonsala is the story of her struggle to get herself liberated from all such superstitious customs, beliefs and experience pleasure of her womanhood.
Grown-up Sonsala realizes that this is not the kind of life that she wants to lead and one at a time, with unkonwing impulse, she fall in love with E. Venkateshwarrao alias Nawabsaheb (Tushar Dalvi), a local tyrant and a man of few virtues. Does Nawabsaheb respond to her feelings?
Sawaishankar (Upyendra Limaye) is a fierce young man who hates his father Diwarkarrao (Anant Jog) for disregarding his mother and maintaning illicit releationship with Laxmi (Surekha Kudchi). He hates all those who enjoy a happy life but without any ethics.
Keshav (Umesh Kamat), an adolescent outsider attracted by the divine beauty of Sonsala, tries to solve the mystery of divinity woven around Sonsala and carries the story forward....
Does Sonsala succeed in tearing off the mask of deity forced upon her life by the society or...