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Such a Long Journey (1998)

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Circa 1971, Gustad Noble lives in a one bedroom hall rented apartment in Byculla, Bombay. He travels to work everyday by Central Railway to Victoria Terminus and walks to Flora Fountain to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gustad Noble
Soni Razdan ...
Dilnavaz Noble
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Ghulam Mohamed
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Major Jimmy Bilimoria
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Pavement Artist
Sam Dastor ...
Dinshawji
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Tehmul
Pearl Padamsee ...
Mrs. Kutpitia
Vrajesh Hirjee ...
Sohrab Noble
Shazneed Damania ...
Roshan Noble
Kurush Dastur ...
Darius Noble
Noshirwan Jehangir ...
Inspector Bamji
Dinyar Contractor ...
Rabadi
Souad Faress ...
Mrs. Rabadi
Shivani Jha ...
Jasmine Rabadi
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Circa 1971, Gustad Noble lives in a one bedroom hall rented apartment in Byculla, Bombay. He travels to work everyday by Central Railway to Victoria Terminus and walks to Flora Fountain to his place of employment, namely the Central Bank of India. He has three children, Sohrab - who has finished his college studies and is now being admitted, much to his dislike, to Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.); while Darius, his second son, and daughter, Roshan, are school-going; his wife, Dilnavaz, looks after the children and the household. Their neighborhood is filthy, people urinate and defecate near the wall which encloses their building. Gustad asks a pavement artist to move near his building, draw pictures of religious Gods and Goddesses depicting the four main religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Sikhism. The Artist agrees, and soon the place is transformed into a huge temple where people of all religions come to pay their respects. It is only a handful of people who know ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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$44,364 (USA) (24 March 2000)

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$92,943 (USA) (28 April 2000)
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The lead actor Roshan Seth is best-known for his portrayal of 'Jawaharlal Nehru' in the Richard Attenborough epic Gandhi (1982). Due to his uncanny physical resemblance to the statesman, Seth went on to play Nehru in many other TV and film shows. See more »

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After Dinshawji comes out of the Bank Manager's office, and tells Gustad that everything is "A.O.K.", a boom mic dips into frame behind him See more »

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Music by Usha Khanna, Majrooh
Performed by Mohammad Rafi
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Fascinating and excellent film
15 March 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's really unfortunate that most people outside of Canada think that the only things that Canada produces are snow, mounties and hockey players. This film is the second superlative Canadian film I have seen within the past few weeks (the first was "The Red Violin"), far better than all but the best Hollywood efforts.

Gustad Noble is anything but that; he is a middle-aged Parsi bank employee in Bombay in the 1970s. This film sensitively explores various things that happen to him concerning his family, his friends and his work, and their effect on him. At the same time, it is a fascinating, and, I would assume, accurate, portrayal of middle-class, urban life in India at the time.

However, I was somewhat prepared for this, having read Rohinton Mistry's book a few years ago. The film, as might be expected, cannot capture all the complexities of the book, but, if you want to read a really good book, and see a really good film, read and see "Such a Long Journey".


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