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Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (1992)

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Circa British Raj in India, in a small village, Bansiram has owned and maintained a plot of land donated to him by a kind-hearted Zamindar. The Zamindar passes away, and his lecherous, ... See full summary »

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Chhotu
Farha Naaz ...
Chinky (as Farha)
Asrani ...
Munim
Beena Banerjee ...
Kamla (Devraj's wife) (as Bina)
Tej Sapru ...
Vijay
Bharat Kapoor ...
Chinky's Father
Babloo Mukherjee ...
Jai
Jamuna
Anjan Srivastav ...
Doctor (as Anjan Srivastava)
Rajesh Puri ...
Devraj's Nephew
Shiva Rindani ...
Shera (as Shiva)
Baby Deepali ...
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Prem Sagar ...
Chatterjee (as Prem Kapoor)
Subroto Mahapatra ...
(as Subrata Mahapatra)
Anup Jalota ...
Singer (song "Muthi Bhar Aaye Sabhi")
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Circa British Raj in India, in a small village, Bansiram has owned and maintained a plot of land donated to him by a kind-hearted Zamindar. The Zamindar passes away, and his lecherous, womanizing, and alcoholic son views this plot, and describes it as heavenly, and wants it at any cost. Bansiram refuses to sell, and the Zamindar's son wants it by hook or by crook. Bansiram appeals to the British for protection, which they provide, and Bansiram is thus able to save his property. Shortly thereafter the Zamindar's son passes away, and his look-alike son, Devraj comes to take-over the estate. Devraj does not consider taking-over Bansiram's land as a priority, and years go by. The Zamindar's soul, unable to complete it's task during this life-time, wonders around in anguish and pain - waiting. When Devraj finally goes to see Bansiram, he finds an elderly semi-senile man, who has a grandson, Chotu, who wants to build a business on the land to sell alcohol, and Devraj decides to take ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A comedy with a social message
1 November 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Isi Ka Naam Zindagi can now be called a vintage Aamir Khan starrer. When the movie was first released, I remember, there weren't too many takers. The song 'Babam babam bam bhole', composed by Bappi Lahiri, was a moderate hit, and so was the title track sung by Anup Jalota. But the movie is indeed watchable because of the wry social comment that has been packaged intelligently as an over-the-top comedy. It is based on an acclaimed Bengali play by Manoj Mitra, which was first filmed in Bengali by Tapan Sinha as 'Banchharamer Bagan' (considered by many as a cult Bengali classic). Though the compulsions of mainstream Hindi cinema redeems the delicate flavor of the original work to some extent, yet Isi Ka Naam Zindagi deserves to be seen as a delectable comedy with a heart, and also for the fine performances of Aamir Khan, Farha Naaz and Pran.


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