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Massey Sahib (1985)

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In a small, tribal district town of Central India in 1929, Francis Massey is the 'English Type Babu' at the Deputy Commissioner's office. Massey believes that because he is Christian and ... See full summary »

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In a small, tribal district town of Central India in 1929, Francis Massey is the 'English Type Babu' at the Deputy Commissioner's office. Massey believes that because he is Christian and can speak English, he is a cut above other Indians and not very different from the white sahibs he serves. For a man of lowly birth, Massey has risen to a dizzying height. On the other hand, he acknowledges no realistic limits to his own free spirit. Whenever the real world fails him, he improvises - boldly, imaginatively. Alas, the unsmiling, implacable machinery of the Raj has no room for Massey Sahib, the travelling salesman, road foreman and entertainer. Right up to the bitter end, Massey believes that Deputy Commissioner Adam Sahib will step in and save him. Written by Rajesh Das

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A Naipaulian account of life in pre-independence India
25 December 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

MASSEY SAHIB is a harrowing account of the life of a tenacious Indian bureaucrat in pre-independence India. Two forbidden marriages - one of an Indian Christian bureaucrat (who is a Saheb wannabe) to an Aadivasi girl and the other of a British bureaucrat to a Bengali woman are juxtaposed. The film is somewhat Naipaulian - it exposes the corruption and darkness of the Indian soul. It is not too big on characterization. There wasn't much insight into the psyche of the Aadivasi girl.

ARUNDHATI ROY is wonderful in the silent role of the Aadivasi girl. I am not a big fan of RAGHUVIR YADAV but he does do a pretty good job in his role of a wannabe Indian bureaucrat. JOHN BARRY is a fine actor, I am surprised he moved to India. He could have become a big star in Britain. MASSEY SAHEB is definitely worth a watch especially for the beautiful visuals of rural India.

(7/10)


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