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Mirch Masala (1987)

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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village, with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confidant women whose ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ram Gopal Bajaj ...
Owner of the Pepper factory
Benjamin Gilani ...
Masterji
Mohan Gokhale ...
Villager
Nina Kulkarni ...
Pepper factory worker
Deepti Naval ...
Saraswati, Mukhiya's wife
Suresh Oberoi ...
Mukhiya
Harish Patel ...
Pandit
Dina Pathak ...
Maanki, factory worker
Ratna Pathak ...
Pepper Factory Worker
Supriya Pathak ...
Pepper factory worker
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Sonbai
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Chowkidar Abu Miya
Paresh Rawal ...
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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village, with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confidant women whose husband is away in the city, to sleep with him. She slaps him and flees for safety to a spice factory where women grind chillies into fine powder. The aged factory guard, Abu Mian, locks the door behind her, refusing to open it to the soldiers, to the cowardly village men led by the mayor, and to the subedar himself. The town's teacher, who follows Gandhi, and a few women, led by the mayor's wife, protest ineffectually against this village-approved rape. The stage is set for a final confrontation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An inspiring socialist-feminist tale
27 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Set somewhere in Rajputana / northern Madhya Pradesh in central India between the two World Wars, this movie depicts the sordid daily humiliation and exploitation heaped upon villagers by an over-mighty landlord (Zamindar). When his attention focusses on the women, they unite and fight back, to the shame of their feeble husbands. Starring Naseeruddin Shah

  • a leading dramatic actor - in one of his more devlish roles. An


historical epic as well as a manifesto for the liberation of the oppressed in rural India.


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