A woman awaiting surgery recalls her life as a revolutionary along with seven other countrymen.

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Jogender Nath
Jalal Agha ...
Shakaram Shinde
Anwar Ali ...
Ram Bhagat Sharma
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Shabut Shanyal
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Anwar Ali Anwar
Shahnaz Vahanvaty ...
Maria (as Shahnaz)
Sukhdev ...
Comrade Azad (as Sukhdeo)
Irshad Ali ...
Mahadevan
Surekha ...
Mrs. Ali
Prakash Thapa ...
Tax Inspector
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Doctor
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Mrs. J. Nath (as Dina Gandhi)
Anjali Kadam ...
Usha (as Anjali)
Mona Saxena
Mahananda
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In post-independent India, Maria has been hospitalized in Goa and is told that she needs to have surgery. She asks the surgeon to wait until her friends join her and then recollects her life as a Satyagrahi with the Goa Liberation Struggle in order to compel the Portuguese to quit. She has telegrams sent out to six of her comrades - namely Bihar-based Anwar Ali Anwar; Maharashtra-based Shakaram Shinde; Tamil Nadu-based Mahadevan; West Bengal-based Shabut Sanyal; Punjab-based Jogender Nath; and Uttar Pradesh-based Ram Bhagat Sharma. She does not know that acrimony - on the lines of religion, caste, and language - has created divisions between not only her group but also amongst all Hindustanis. She then recollects how the six had partnered in order to hoist the Hindustani Tiranga on seven different Police Chowkis and monuments in occupied Goa and had undergone strenuous combat training. While being successful six times in their venture, the entire group ends up in custody, separated, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Whilst 'Neena Singh' was attached to film, she had shown Amitabh Bachchan's picture to the director and told him that she had a friend who was interested in acting, When Tinnu Anand declined his role the director settled for this newcomer. See more »

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Aandhi Aaye Ki Toofan Koyee Gam Nahin
Music by J.P. Kaushik
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
Performed by Mahendra Kapoor
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Amitabh's debut: Interesting but technically flawed......
2 September 2016 | by (Nepal) – See all my reviews

"Saat Hindustani" as you all know marks the debut of mega star, Amitabh Bachchan. Besides this, not much has been heard of this film. Wonder why this film has been lost, as it's pretty different and unique in its presentation. The story is based on the freedom fight of Goa against Portuguese, in which six Indians from different states of the country unite with a Goan girl to hoist Indian flags in seven police stations of Goa. In terms of narration, the film seems to be much inspired from the Kurosawa classics, hardly with any songs. The film uses an entire new cast, for which the film generates a curiosity. The major flaws the film depict are the technical aspects. I guess the late '60s movies had come a lot of way than this. The dialogues and photography are hardly up to the mark; and many sequences get dragging at times. The combat training scenes look childish. Perhaps V. Shataram's films from '40s and '50s were more technically sound than this one. Despite all the technical flaws of this film, the film still attracts for the novel story it covers, Amitabh Bachchan as a new comer, and B/W photography to depict the time era though much could have been done to make this film better. In the aspect. "Haqeeqat" (1966) which I watched early last year was way ahead of its time in terms of story and techniques. But still I recommend this film over "Pukar" (1983) which is also based on the rebellion of Goa.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4


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