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Cast overview, first billed only:
Farida Jalal ...
Surekha Sikri ...
Amit Phalke ...
Riyaz
Himani Shivpuri ...
Anwari
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Sabir (as Shrivallabh Vyas)
Ameya Balsekar ...
Rohan
Soumya Dhan ...
Faroukh
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Agent Raju
Sandeep Kulkarni ...
Inspector Apte
Siraj Ahmed ...
C.I.D. Inspector
Ganesh Yadav ...
Constable
Snehal Vilankar ...
Shantabai
Sanjay Batra ...
Shantabai's husband
Rupal Patel ...
Lady Constable
Salim Shah ...
Taxi Driver
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13 year old Riyaz lives a poor lifestyle in Bombay, India, with his grandmother, Fayyuzi, and her sister, Mehmooda alias Mammo. Quite outspoken and embittered over his dad abandoning him, Riyaz does not have many friends, save for Rohan. When Mammo plans a surprise birthday party for him, Riyaz is offended as he believes his friends will make fun of him as his lifestyle is not as good as their's. Fayyuzi and Riyaz have an argument with Mammo, and she leaves for the Mosque at Haji Ali, but returns when both apologize to her. Although Mammo was born in Panipat during the British Raj, she was one of thousands of Muslims who left for Pakistan. She was married over there, could not conceive, was branded a "barren woman", and asked to leave. Having nowhere else to go, she came to live with her widowed sister in Bombay on a temporary Visa. Every month she would walk to the nearest Police Station and get an extension. She finally paid a Rs.4800/ as a bribe in order to get a permanent visa ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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This film was made in the aftermath of 1992-93 riots when Shyam Benegal partnered with Khalid Mohamed to explore the situation of Muslim Minoroty See more »

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Aftermath of Partition and the Simple Truth
9 May 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Shyam Benegal does it again.. with slow pace and original lighting - with it, without it, in-spite of it the director cum story writer conquers hearts at will. Without poetic dialog and without any song and dance sequence, Mr. Benegal is able to do what most other people haven't quite succeeded. Show to someone who doesn't know anything at all about the Partition - not why it occurred (now this is no political commentary) but rather what came out of one of the most painful episodes in the history of India. Mammo basically manages to paint a picture of the emotions - estranged ones go through. It shows, what happens when people and places we take so often for granted... become lost forever..


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