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Mother India (1957)

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

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(dialogue) (as Vajahat Mirza), (dialogue)
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Cast

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Shamu (Radha's Husband)
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Sukhilala (as Kanhaiya Lal)
Jilloo Maa
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Champa
Chanchal
Sheela Naik ...
Kamla
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Shambu (as Muqri)
Siddiqui
Ram Shastri
Fakir Mohammad ...
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Geeta
Hameeda
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Storyline

The film begins with the finishing of a water canal for the village set in the present. Radha (Nargis), as the mother of the village, is asked to open the canal and remembers back to her past when she was newly married, mirroring the new independence of India. The wedding between Radha and Shamu (Raaj Kumar) was paid for by Radha's mother-in-law, who got a loan from the moneylender Sukhilala. This event starts the spiral of poverty and hardship that Radha endures. The conditions of the loan are disputed, but the village elders decide in favor of the moneylender, after which Shamu and Radha are forced to pay three-quarters of their crop as interest on the loan of 500 rupees. While trying to use more of their land to alleviate their poverty, Shamu's arms are crushed by a boulder. He is shamed by his helplessness and is humiliated by others in the village. Deciding that he is no use to his family, he leaves and does not return. Soon after this, Radha's mother-in-law dies. Radha continues... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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14 February 1957 (India)  »

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Madre India  »

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This movie is filmaker Mehboob Khan's last most successful film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elaan (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

O Janewalo Jayo Na
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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A Gem of a Movie !!!
19 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

A movie of an epic proportion in the true sense of the word. Easily, one of the greatest films ever made regardless of any cultural, traditional, social, and ethnical background to consider.


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