Nagin ★★★

an almost entirely soundstage-set tribal romance, shot by fali mistry with such resourceful attention to light and texture that it at points resembles a low-rent anatahan. most famous for the stylized cinematography, the beautiful hemant kumar songs and the crazy 10-minute long after-life set color dance sequence that closes the film, mostly because the moment to moment staging is pretty shoddy, and the star-crossed lovers plot drags.

one moment of fascinating (inadvertent?) surrealism - the are separated so vyjayanthimala can be married off in a faraway city, and once we get there we realize it's just a normal city, with shabby buildings and cars and caricatured men in ill-fitting suits, just a ride away from the stylized soundstage world of the indefinable past.