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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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Sanatan
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Veerandra 'Veeran'
Chandrachur Singh ...
Kripal Singh 'Pali'
Kanwaljit Singh ...
Inspector Vohra (as Kanwaljit)
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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 ...
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Amrik Gill ...
Nanoo
Banwari Taneja ...
Kripal Singh - Pali's father
S.M. Zaheer
Bhupendra ...
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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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Yaad Na Aaye
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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A action-packed film
28 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Gulzar's directorial venture, Maachis (Hindi for match sticks), is set against the backdrop of the Bluestar Operation and the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, but interwoven with the plot of the spine chilling drama is a tender love story that hopes to reach its culmination. The tale takes off with the detention of Chandrachur's close friend by the police on the suspicion of being linked with the attack on a politician in Delhi. The third degree treatment meted out to his bosom pal makes Chandrachur bitter as well as angry. He meets Om Puri, sent from across the border and part of a gang of militants, and their boss Kulbhushan. He also comes across some more youths who, like him, had undergone deep trauma over the incidents in Punjab and the riots in Delhi which left hundreds of innocents killed and many Sikh families devoid of their men. A moving account then takes place that is reminiscent of the events that took place in Punjab.

Awards : Filmfare Award-Best Story

National Award-Best Actress

National Award-Best Popular Film

Screen Award-Best Story


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