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Maachis (1996)

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A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of terrorism and youth in the Punjab after the 1984 riots.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sanatan
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Veerandra 'Veeran'
Chandrachur Singh ...
Kripal Singh 'Pali'
Kanwaljit Singh ...
Inspector Vohra (as Kanwaljit)
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Commander
Rajendranath Zutshi ...
Jaswant Singh Randhawa 'Jassi' (as Raj Zutshi)
Suneel Sinha ...
Vazira
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Jaimal 'Jimmy' (as Jasjiet Shergill)
Ravi Gossain ...
Kuldip (as Ravi Gosain)
Navninder Behl ...
Mother
Amrik Gill ...
Nanoo
Banwari Taneja ...
Kripal Singh - Pali's father
S.M. Zaheer
Bhupendra ...
(as Bhupender)
Devendra Malhotra
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Following the assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, at the hands of her Sikh bodyguards, a wave of violence broke out against innocent Sikhs and their families. Pressure was also brought on the police to bring the assassins and their allies to justice. The police, with their limited resources, and the lack of any witnesses, brutally brought in innocent Sikh men and women, and aggressively interrogated them with third degree methods. This created a wave of sympathy for the extremists, and more people started joining them to revolt against an oppressive regime. This story is of one such family, consisting of Veerandra (Tabu), her brother Jaswant Singh or Jassi (Raj Zutshi), and her mom. One day Inspector Vohra (Kanwaljeet) comes to their house with a police escort to find out the whereabouts of Jimmy or Jaimal (Jasjit Shergill). Jassi playfully introduces the police party to his pet dog Jimmy, and is taken away for questioning. He returns several days later, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Chhoddh Aaye Hum
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Performed by Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Vinod Sehgal, Kay Kay
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Great Movie
1 September 1999 | by (USA, New York Metro Area) – See all my reviews

I was born in India, but have been in the United States for the last 15 years or so, I am 26 years old. This movie is excellent in helping you understand the political situations that exist in India. Even as a young kid, I remember situations like this and this movie does a great job depicting them. I just wish the Indian boards would view this as an artistic point of view and stop the censorship. Although, sometimes they cannot be blamed, because the people tend to follow the indian cinema more than common sense.


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