In an interview with Scroll, Mani Ratnam revealed that despite the movie’s cult status, he hasn’t revisited it in a long while.
He said that he hasn’t seen the film in 25 years, so he doesn’t really know how it has stood. He went on to say that he has seen only seen bits and pieces, and that too on mute, just like his other films.
The movie is set amidst insurgency in Assam, though it wasn’t ever made clear where Meghna, Manisha Koirala’s character hails from. When asked to comment on the decision to miss this detail, Ratnam said that the reason was, there were several troubled border states, and they were looking for a representative story, otherwise, it would have become a story of a particular place.
He went on to say that the film represented several places that were going through turmoil and they chose to tell the story that way, without thinking of how well it will be received. He went on to add that you do what you think is right at that point in time. If you accept something that works very well and is appreciated, you also accept something that hasn’t connected or is not well-received.
The movie also co-starred Preity Zinta in a key role, apart from Mita Vashisht, Arundhati Rao,
Raghubir Yadav and late Zohra Sehgal. As mentioned earlier, though the movie did just lukewarm business in the country, it garnered massive success overseas.