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I would rate it 4 , but for the cinematic ending. Otherwise, a brilliant take on the conditions in rural Telangana during its time as part of the Hyderabad state a few years leading to 1948. The characterization is brilliant and the narrative arc is free flowing. The atrocities of feudal village heads on the hapless illiterate village folk, together with the efforts of the Nijam establishment to convert people to Islam by hook or crook were described realistically, without being melodramatic, ...more