Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saketh Ram
Amjad Ali Khan
Aparna Ram
Ambujam Iyengar
Uppilli Iyengar
Manohar Lalwani
Police Officer (as Nasser)
Saketh Ram's Grandson
Shriram Abhyankar
Showkar Janaki ...
Mythili's Grandmother (as Sowcar Janaki)
Iravati Harshe ...
Nafisa (as Iravathi Harshe)
Mythili Iyengar (as Vasundhra Das)


The film starts with Saketh Ram as a very old man and almost immediately goes into flashback. As a young man he is among his friends, in conviviality. He has taken a Bengali wife, Aparna, and everything is wonderful in his life, However the year is 1946, and the imminent independence of India from British suzerainty is complicated by religious antagonism between the Hindu majority and the large Muslim minority, who demand their own independent state. Saketh and Aparna visit Calcutta; rioting is reported, but Saketh goes out to get some food, and he soon encounters a Hindu woman being chased by Muslim rioters. He rescues her, but the rioters later come to his house, and brutally rape and then kill his wife. Saketh is devastated and takes to the streets, determined personally to kill as many Muslims as he can find. He meets up with Sriram Abhiyankar, who is leading a group of Hindu extremists, and Saketh becomes temporarily taken with the cause himself. At the same time, he is persuaded... Written by Hazel Freeman

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An experiment with truth.


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Release Date:

18 February 2000 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Hey Ram - Augenblicke der Zärtlichkeit  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$169,402 (USA) (18 February 2000)


$274,675 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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Did You Know?


Initially Director-Producer Kamal Haasan had signed Mohan Gokhale for the role of Shriram Abhyankar, but while staying in Chennai, India, in a hotel, Gokhale died of a heart attack. See more »


In a scene where the car stops at a railway gate, Kamal's watch goes missing in one of the shots and in the next shot he has a watch. See more »


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: See mister Uppili, your son in law is also a mahatma!
Saketh Ram: No, I am not!
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Most mahatmas don't admit they are one. Do you think I am a mahatma?
Saketh Ram: You will deny it if I say you are, So I shall deny you another denial sir.
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a reply to all religion oriented violence

its a real good one.!! a reality show telling viewer what makes a human worse than a cruel and mad animal..and then again shows that still humanity is live like always.. and why our world is best place to live...certainly because our goodwill.. A reality show,fully mature and a search for the truth.its a great story telling with even greater acting by all its characters. it may some time make you think that path of gandhiji was not right,but eventually just like the hero knees down you would think that whatever Mr. Gandhi had in his hand he did his best. thanks to Mr. kamal haasan for his i think best Hindi movie and one of my best one too.. and finally i got it worthy enough to give it 9.9 out of 10.

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