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Swami (1977)

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Shortly after Saudamani's birth, her dad passes away, leaving her in the care of her widowed mom, who re-locates to live with her elder brother in a small town. It is here that Saudamini ... See full summary »

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Saudamini 'Mini'
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Charu's prospective groom
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Nautanki dancer ( Special Appearance)
Utpal Dutt ...
Mini's maternal uncle
Vinita Dutt ...
Mukta
Preeti Ganguli ...
Charusheela 'Charu' Devi
Ritu Kamal ...
Shobha
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Dheeraj Kumar ...
Nikhil
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Nautanki dancer ( Special Appearance)
Shashikala ...
Ghanshyam's step-mother
Sudha Shivpuri ...
Mini's mom
Vikram ...
Narendra 'Naren'
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Shortly after Saudamani's birth, her dad passes away, leaving her in the care of her widowed mom, who re-locates to live with her elder brother in a small town. It is here that Saudamini grows up, goes to school, and attends arts college. She is in love with her neighbor, Narendra, and hopes to marry him soon. But her mom and uncle have chosen Ghanshyam, a matriculate, who lives in another town. Her uncle passes away, and shortly thereafter Saudamini gets married & re-locates to Ghanshyam's house, who lives with his step-mother; step-brother, Nikhil, and his wife, Shobha; and an unmarried step-sister, Charusheela. Saudamani detests Ghanshyam at first, but feels sorry for him after she witnesses that while he does all the work, he is ignored by the rest of the family and the servants. She changes all that and slowly starts to admire, respect, and fall in love with him, and Ghanshyam also reciprocates. Everything changes when Narendra comes to visit with a hope of reviving his romance ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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"A crime is no longer a crime when you ask for forgiveness with a clean heart"
10 December 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Basu Chatterjee, who in my books is one of the finest Indian directors of his time, directed Swami with a lot of heart. An adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chatterji's famous novel by the same name, Swami is an interesting dramatic feature which follows the trials and tribulations of a young and intelligent village girl named Saudamini. Saudamini is in love with the landowner's son Naren, and she hopes to marry him one day, but circumstances make her marry another man: a kindhearted and restrained wheat trader named Ghanshyam, who lives in a neighbouring village. The movie then presents Saudamini's new life as a newly married woman at a house where she knows nobody while she is still aching her separation from her childhood love. At the same time, it shows Saudamini's acclimation in the house and how she gradually grows to respect and love her husband, whose forgiving and patient nature changes her views and attitude.

The story of Swami has been told many a time since then, so much that it has become a Hindi movie formula. Films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Dhadkan, among others, are examples of famous movies dealing with the same subject. But director Chatterjee's portrayal of the story remains unique and special. As expected, Swami looks authentic and simple. The dialogues may be a bit weak at points, but overall the movie's serene narrative style is very engaging. Chatterjee's excellent direction and the effective development of the story are aided by a haunting background score, some fantastic melodious songs composed by Rajesh Roshan, and of course a great cast led by an impossibly beautiful Shabana Azmi, who once again lives up to her fame as a naturally gifted actor. Azmi plays Saudamini with depth, convincingly displaying her sorrow and disappointment, and successfully registering the growth in her character.

"A crime is no longer a crime when you ask for forgiveness with a clean heart" - this is one of many great lines in the movie and is certainly my favourite. Girish Karnad is the one who says it, and well, he is brilliant in an understated performance which is very credible and moving. Swami is overall a very fine movie featuring a wonderful performance by a ceaselessly talented lady named Shabana Azmi.


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