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A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

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Unemployed graduate
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Magician's daughter (as Amala)
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Killer
Narayana P.L. ...
Beggar
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Magician's wife
Sameer Kakkad
Sameer Khakhar ...
Rich man (as Samir Khakhar)
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Rich man's wife (as Ramya)
Loknath ...
Hotel owner (as Lokanath)
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Lover (as Pratap Potan)
K.S. Ramesh ...
Magician
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An unemployed youth (Kamal) dreams of living well. One evening, he finds a drunken industrialist (Sameer Khakkar) passed out in a gutter, and takes the opportunity to switch places with him. He finds love, intrigue, and the good life in his new home, Pushpak, a hotel where the industrialist was booked in. A silent masterpiece. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Easily one of the best movies I have seen(in any language)
30 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

A poor and unemployed youth, played by Kamal Hasan enjoys the good life by stealing the identity of a rich middle-aged drunkard. Pushpak is the name of the apartment-hotel the rich man resides in. While an imposter, Kamal gets to experience a life normally not granted men of his station and meets a beautiful girl and falls in love with her. But, like all good things, this brief excursion into paradise must end.

The movie is set against the backdrop of vast urban unemployment among educated youth in the India of the Eighties. While peppered with numerous comic incidents, the movie is quite serious in adressing its central theme. The glaring contrast between the lifestyles of the rich and the rest is evocative of Indian society. A rich beggar, whose possessions the public tries to scavenge after his death and a bungling killer who gets electrocuted are interesting diversions that do not detract from the depth of the storyline. But, what makes this film a cinematic masterpiece in my opinion is that such a powerful portrait of the times is created without resort to dialogue. This is a silent movie !! It is truly difficult not to be atleast a little moved by the ending.


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