A Dark Horse Called Hope: Close-Up on Gurvinder Singh's "Alms for a Blind Horse"

A Dark Horse Called Hope: Close-Up on Gurvinder Singh's
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Gurvinder Singh's Alms for a Blind Horse (2011) is now showing in the series A Journey into Indian Cinema.The story goes that the demon Svarbhanu stood in a line of Hindu gods and tricked Mohini, the female manifestation of Lord Vishnu, to feed him the elixir of life. The sun and the moon gods noticed his deviance and informed Vishnu, who promptly cut off Svarbhanu’s head with a spinning disc. But by then, it was too late. Svarbhanu had already become immortal and his dismembered head and the rest of his body became separate living entities: Rahu and Ketu. Mythology says that every solar and lunar eclipse, Rahu comes riding his blind horses, seeking revenge against the sun and the moon. The Hindu caste system, in its classic act of othering, has always deemed the so-called untouchables
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