When it was first released, Fire was a scandal. Too many holy cows did it
rub the wrong way! Now that with the passing of time soot has covered up the
blazing fire of controversies, one can look at the apparently path-breaking
film in a more objective way.
Fire is a critique of the typical middle class Indian family from the Hindi belt and the way that it treats its women. The badi bahu Sita, so ably enacted by Shabana Azmi, is the backbone of the family, but neither the husband, who is a devoted follower of a dicey Sadhu, nor the chhota d....