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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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Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
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A true reflection?
29 November 1999 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

Maachis depicts the true situation of the Punjab in India today. The story explains how common people are turned into terrorists by the corrupt policing system. The story revolves around one man's revenge against an unofficial police state due to his friend being arrested and beaten to the brink of death. He leaves his home and finds by chance (the only coincidence in the film) people who have had similar experiences to him. There are only three songs in the film which makes the film extremely watchable to non-indian viewers, as generally this figure could easily be doubled in a bollywood movie. Overall a very well made and truthful movie.


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