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Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)

Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, ... See full summary »

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Sujata Chatterji
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Dibyanath Chatterji (Brati's father)
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Somu's mother
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Saroj Pal, Police officer
Joy Sengupta ...
Brati Chatterji
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Nandini Mitra
Bhakti Barve
Kanti Madia ...
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Vinit Kumar ...
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Anupam Shyam
Lalit Parimoo
Atul Tiwari
Milon Mukhopadhyay
Mona Ambegaonkar
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Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, devout Hindu, religious, and compassionate woman, and Brati has finished his school and is now attending college. His parents are proud of him, and keep track of his progress. Then their world is shattered during the early hours, when they are informed by the police that Brati has been killed. Dibyanath and Sujata go to identify Brati's body, mourn, lament inconsolably. They know now that their lives will never be the same again - for by the police they will be called the mother and father corpse No. 1084. Sujata struggles to understand Brati's passing, meets his friends one by one, comes to know that Brati had a girlfriend, Nandini Mitra, and that's when she finds out that Brati was part of a rebel group often referred to as "Naxalbari", a militant leftist group. As she delves deeper and deeper into ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Missed opportunity for a classic movie
25 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story is a powerful soliloquy of a grieving mother who lost her child during the "uncertain" period of 70s in bengal. When she tried to find out the for her child's sacrifice she rediscover her son in the light of simple humanity which in broader sense becomes idealism. No doubt it is probably one of the best documentation of conflict between acceptance of existing social norms with inherent maternal affection. In my opinion a classic movie could have been made out of this story and only a seasoned filmmaker who can understand bengali psyche particularly at that period of time in-depth and with a perspective of humanity can have the ability to do so. Shri Nihalni is a renowned Director in Indian cinema but it seems he did not do the necessary homework which was definitely needed to make this movie. The script did not carry the message at all and for Shrimati Jaya Bhaduri who portrayed the role of mother there was not much to act for this weak script. Given the right script and thoughtfulness there is no doubt that Shrimati Bhaduri may bring out the grieving mother as portrayed in the book or somewhat better. In this context a clear example is present in Indian cinema where the character "Charu" in the Tagore's story of "nastonir" get a classic cinematic rebirth in the hand of the respected Director Shri Satyajit Ray. The photography is the best part for this movie which is expected from Shri Nihalni who himself is a well-known film photographer. Other characters in the movie seems to be a misfit to overall theme of the movie. A sensible remake for "Hazar Churaisr maa" is needed as the story is still a classic and highly recommended for anyone specially Bengalis.


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