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Roja lives in a Tamil village, and her sister is about to marry a man from the city, who decides to marry Roja instead and gets a job assignment in Kashmir, where some militants decide to kidnap them.

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Chajoo Maharaj (as Janakraj)
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Roja, a young woman born and brought up in Southern India, prays that the handsome young man coming to see her sister will be her future brother-in-law, only to have the tables turned on her when he openly choses her over her sister (as her sister loves another). So Roja marries Rishi and they leave the village to settle in the city, where both fall in love. Rishi, who works for the Indian Government, is instructed to go to the troubled state of Kashmir on a classified mission. Roja also goes along. Then her innocent world is shattered when Rishi is abducted and held for ransom by a group of jihadist militants who want an independent Kashmir and the release of a terrorist held by the Indian military forces. Will the passionate appeal of this young woman move cold and ruthless military and politician's hearts and minds? Two of the songs are worth remembering after watching the Hindi-dubbed version of the movie: "Dil hai chhotasa, chhotisi aasha, masti bhare man ki bholisi aasha, chand ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The soundtrack uses some uncredited seconds of the famous Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir (Le Mystère de Voix Bulgares) that was an ethnic music-chart topper in the 1980s and 1990s. See more »

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Featured in And the Show Goes on: Indian Chapter (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Thamizha Thamizha
(Hindi: "Bharat Hum Ko Jaan Se Pyaara Hain")
Sung by Hariharan and Chorus
Music composed by A.R. Rahman
Tamil Lyrics by Vairamuthu
Hindi Lyrics by P.K. Mishra
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Not Exactly A Terrorist Musical, But Out Of The Ordinary
26 March 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

For U.S.viewers unaccustomed to the mix of escapist musical numbers with disturbing plot content, i.e., a "terrorist musical," Mani Ratnam's romantic drama may prove to be frustrating; with those who are more adventurous, fascinating. Most US films clock in at about 2 hours; most Hindi and Tamil films at about three, and that many hours allow for the inclusion of family drama, romance, singing and dancing in places seemingly unrelated to the plot--in short, a little bit of everything for the time spent.

This film is more serious than most of it's kind, dealing with the threat of terrorists (director Ratnam followed it up with a second along the same line, Dil Se) and what a community does about them. My biggest complaint with this film is about the quality of color in the DVD; old Technicolor musicals from Hollywood are restored to an amazing brilliance, while this has been allowed to fade and the film shows the wear of time in print quality. All that said, it's an effective example of it's kind, with several touching performances and a poignant finale.


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