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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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Cast overview:
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Francis Massey
Barry John ...
Charles Adam
Arundhati Roy ...
Saila (tribal girl)
Veerendra Saxena ...
Jacqueline Garewal ...
Ruby Adam
Madan Lal ...


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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29 April 1987 (Denmark)  »

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bollywood vs Hollywood
23 October 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

i have seen this film in my childhood on DORDARSHAN...! at that time DORDARSHAN use to saw a more artistic film or those film who seeking to be release in cinema-hall..!this kind of film produce by NFDC so it will be cheaper for dordarshan.. Massey Sahib, film based on a Joyce Cary best sailing novel "Mister Johnson"...! even Bruce Beresford had already make film with this title...! & leading cast was none other then "PIERCE BROSNAN 007 " but this film was made in 1990 means before GOLDENEYE...& before India version ...!Mister Johnson was release in1990 & Massey Sahib was release in 1985 it means 5 years after Indian version.. thank god some where we are bit ahead to Hollywood... Pradip Krishen is inspired from Joyce Cary best sailing novel "Mister Johnson"...! he made only minor changes..! but some how Indian version is nice & watchable..! also more artistic rather then commercial..! ARUNDHATI ROY had acted as a AADIWWASI GIRL & without any dialog, but she was fantastic with her face expression..!even that character doesn't required anything else. also staring was Barry John who has worked with Richard Attenborough in GANDHI film & WITH SATYAJET RAY in SHATRANJ KE KHILADI...... so this was his third film in India and on Indian subject. the main character played by Raghuvir Yadav...! he played so fantastically..! more original & realistic..! in other word we feel like, he is a Massey Sahib... on director chair i must say he has done wonderful job also casting is nice...!he casted exactly what the film required..! after this film Pradip Krishen has made several film... his last film was Electric Moon.. since then he is disappear....

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