MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 23,292 this week

Death Sentence (1997)
"The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand" (original title)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 280 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

MLA Durga Pandey and Contractor Tirpat Singh are two corrupt villagers, who manipulate others to get what they want. Their main concern is to divide two brothers - namely Abhay Singh and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (dialogue), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9 titles
created 07 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 23 Sep 2012
 
a list of 459 titles
created 09 Nov 2012
 
a list of 17 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 71 titles
created 19 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Death Sentence" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Death Sentence (1997)

Death Sentence (1997) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Death Sentence.
4 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Khal Nayak (1993)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ballu (Sanjay Dutt), a notorious, cunning, and unscrupulous criminal who's wanted by the police for a plethora of murders and thefts. Bright and ambitious Inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff) ... See full summary »

Director: Subhash Ghai
Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Jackie Shroff, Sanjay Dutt
Pukar (2000)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Major Jaidev Rajvansh and his fellow officer Hussein manage to rescue a leading politician as well as capture his kidnapper, Abhrush. The terrorist has been searched for years and he is ... See full summary »

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Namrata Shirodkar
Lajja (2001)
Drama | Musical | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala) gets married to Raghuvir (Jackie Shroff), an NRI. Suffering the agony of an unhappy marriage, she decides to run away from him when she learns that she is pregnant... See full summary »

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff
Aks (2001)
Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Raghavan Ghatge, a psychotic terrorist, and Manu Verma, the cop who tracks him down, shoot each other simultaneously, the result being that Raghavan's soul is transferred into Verma's body...

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, Manoj Bajpayee
Khakee (2004)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

DCP Anant Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan) has been assigned the mission to escort terrorist Iqbal Ansari (Atul Kulkarni) from Chandangarh to Mumbai. His terrorist organization are determined ... See full summary »

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Prakash Jha
Stars: Sudhir Mishra, Lallan Prasad Thakur
Parinati (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Prakash Jha
Stars: Basant Josalkar, Surekha Sikri, Sudhir Kulkarni
Parampara (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Prakash Jha
Looking Back (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Prakash Jha
Ek Aur Itihas (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Prakash Jha
China Gate (1998)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Colonel Krishnakant Puri and his colleagues are all court-Marshall from the Indian army because they all are accused of aborting mission 'China-Gate'. 17 years later a young woman, Sandhya ... See full summary »

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Danny Denzongpa
Aakrosh (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Central Bureau of Investigation deputes an Officer to investigate the disappearance of three medical students.

Director: Priyadarshan
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Chandravati
...
Ketki
Ayub Khan ...
Vinay Singh
Shilpa Shirodkar ...
Kanti
...
Rambaran Manto
Mohan Agashe ...
Abhay Singh
Mohan Joshi ...
Tirpat Singh
Harish Patel ...
MLA Durga Pandey
Pyare Mohan Sahay ...
Vinay's father (Zamindar)
Brij Gopal
Abha Dhulia ...
(as Abha Dhulia)
Pradeep Kuckreja
Suhas Bhalekar
Achyut Potdar ...
Phoolva's father (Special Appearance)
Ajit Vachani ...
Phoolva's relative (Special Appearance)
Edit

Storyline

MLA Durga Pandey and Contractor Tirpat Singh are two corrupt villagers, who manipulate others to get what they want. Their main concern is to divide two brothers - namely Abhay Singh and his younger brother Vinay. They do succeed considerably, after Abhay renounces married life and takes on the celibate life of a temple priest, leaving his wife, Chandravati, alone, devastated, and dependent on Rambaran, a sympathetic villager. Vinay is in love with Ketki, and soon both get married. Ketki seeks to protect her husband from the growing influence of Tirpat Singh, but Vinay ignores her, and even physically abuses her, warning her not to interfere with his affairs. However, Vinay later realizes that Tirpat has taken advantage of his friendship and swindled him. Vinay is humbled, he apologizes to Ketki, and both of them put their resources together to do what then can to reclaim their property. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

family relationships | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Death Sentence  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Dil Dosti Etc (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Summon up the courage and fight for your dignity!
3 September 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

At the surface, Parakash Jha's Mrityu Dand is a feminist tale, and it actually is to a high extent, but there's much more to it than just that. Mrityu Dand is a rather uplifting story about the power of self belief and togetherness, and it shows how far one can go by summoning up the courage and demanding their right to be respected. The movie addresses woman empowerment, and yes, it would certainly inspire women to stand for their rights. However, I believe it has a much broader message and it would equally inspire any person of either sex to fight for dignity and independence, even when facing the cruelest, strongest and most evil of opponents. In that respect this movie is universally relevant for everyone, irrespective of their gender, colour or class.

Jha's script and direction are very good and he captures the raw atmosphere of the village, which is quite disturbing at times. As she often does, here too Madhuri Dixit accepts a strong female character, reminiscent in parts of her famous characters in movies like Beta and Anjaam. She enters as a young bride into a conservative family in a small village with a cultural and social world which is very distinct from hers and in which both men and women see domestic violence as a common norm of family life. Yet she herself refuses to accept such behaviour and is ready to fight against it. The village itself is dominated by a cruel landowner, and this bureaucracy is also something she is willing to condemn.

Madhuri Dixit is excellent as the smart, fearless and decisive Phoolva. This really is a role this actress does best, and she yet again creates a charming screen lady with conviction. This is also the kind of role that explains why she is so admired by women and aspiring actresses. Shabana Azmi once called her role in this film, that of an abandoned wife who sets on a relationship with another man, as one of her best of that period in the 1990s, and her story in the film is indeed very interesting. Azmi is unsurprisingly amazing and plays her role with great depth, making the transformation from a subservient woman to someone who finally makes a place in the sun exceedingly well. Shilpa Shirodkar is fantastic in her small role. Ayub Khan is fine, while Om Puri turns in another impressive performance.

Mrityu Dand is not a particularly flawless film. It could have been better had the execution been better handled like casting better actors for the very minor supporting roles (some of them really overacted) and taking out some annoyingly irrelevant little sub-plots and some melodramatic sequences which didn't really make sense. I also felt at points it went a bit too far in its attempt to make its feminist point, which is a pity because it was very well conveyed even without being overly emphasised. The ending was also sadly exaggerated in this regard. It could have been much simpler, given most of the film was not dramatically unrestrained.

Having said that, this is as already said an inspiring film which is also quite entertaining and generally very well made, and the performances are thoroughly good by the leading actors. It works much more as a film celebrating social empowerment, and that's where it is most powerful and riveting. I'm sure not many would enjoy watching a film which depicts a world of cruelty, corruption and rural bureaucracy, but it still is a good social film which strikes an interesting balance between art-house cinema and mainstream film standards, and is well worth watching.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Death Sentence (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?