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Sujata Chatterji
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Dibyanath Chatterji (Brati's father)
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Somu's mother
Milind Gunaji ...
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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Sandeep Kulkarni
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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A must see, especially for those who misunderstand the naxalite movement.
9 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa is directed by Govind Nihalani and is based on a seminal novel by the formidable Mahasweta Devi.In Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, the Calcutta of the 1970s is captured when the air was alive with revolutionary fervour and Bengali youth reacted with anger against hypocrisies, injustices, betrayals and counter violence of the State. The film is a tribute to all those who gave their lives during the naxalite movement. The people who fought for fundamental human rights. Jaya Bachans, as the mother of Brati, a young revolutionary.I think this is her best performance ever.Anupam Kher, though in brief appearances portrays the elite class of Calcutta very accurately.The movie is a little slow but very accurate. A must see, especially for those who misunderstand the naxalite movement.


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