Mita Vashisht as Rani Roopmati in Khayal Gatha, The Saga of Khayal (1989)
The seeker is engaged in an apprenticeship in learning to learn and also in understanding what that entails. In a sequence in the Rūpmati Pavilion at Mandu, overlooking the Rewa River, a tributary of the Narmada, the seeker, who is searching for the legendary poet-singer and famous lover of Baz Bahadur (Mangal Dhillon), Rūpmati (Mita Vashisht), asks the woman seated in the pavilion playing a tamboura to give him a sign. He fails to realize that this woman is the Rūpmati he seeks. And she tauntingly responds: “From whom?” Neither showing nor telling, it seems, is an adequate way of knowing. One needs a conception of the sign adequate to articulating complex systems, systems that are not exclusively expressed by human beings.
Laleen Jayamanne – “Lapidary Dynamisms”
from The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani (2014)