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Hindustani (1996)
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Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry against the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost.



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Credited cast:
Senapathy / Chandra Bose
Nedumudi Venu ...
Urmila Matondkar ...
Sukanya ...
Senapathy's Wife
Gulabo Ram. Khilawan
Kasturi ...
Kasthoori (Senapathy's Daughter)
Crazy Mohan ...
Aachi Manorama ...
(as Manorama)
Senthil ...
Ajay Ratnam
Nizhalgal Ravi
Bala Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Lever ...
Dubbing artiste.


Circa the British rule in India, a man named Senapathy decides to rebel against the British in a violent way, learns a rare martial art that enables him to kill with his bare hands, and travels to Singapore, joins the Indian Liberation Army formed by renowned Subhash Chandra Bose, is one of the soldier's to engage the British into war. He subsequently joins a death squad in order to destroy British tanks. While all of the others succeed in carrying out their mission, Senapathy is captured, jailed, beaten, and mercilessly tortured by the British. Upon his release, he is looked after by a woman named Namrata, whose honor he had saved from the British - who had captured two truckloads of women protesters, burned their clothing, and forced them to commit suicide. Namrata and Senapathy marry, India gains independence, and they soon have two children - Chandrabose and Kasthoori. Years later Chandra quarrels with his honest and straight-laced father, leaves home, so that he can earn enough ... Written by rAjOo (

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Release Date:

23 August 1996 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Hindustani  »

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INR 180,000,000 (estimated)

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The film won three national award's with Kamal Hassan wining several best actor awards for the film. See more »


References Bombay (1995) See more »


Pachai Kiligal
Written by: Vairamuthu
Produced by: A.R. Rahman
Performed by: K.J. Yesudas
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7 November 2002 | by (Normal, IL) – See all my reviews

Probably one of Kamal Hassan's best movies ever. It has a good story line to it, different from the usual Indian movies. For once there is no real bad guy in the movie. Yup that is true; the movie shows the evils in the society, which is the society itself.

The cinematography is the movie is great. The locations are too. If there would be anything I would recommend is that to drop the songs, thought they are great and part of Indian movie culture, it really takes away the seriousness from the movie.

The makeup is the movie is great, kamal really does look like someone that is that old. The fight scenes look just as cheesy as they usually do in any Indian movie.

But hey it is great entertainment for the family.

PS. Do not try the stunts in the movie at home.

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