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Janta
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(First version that was destroyed)
Chaman Bagga ...
Deshpal - President's Secretary
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Gopal
Katy Mirza ...
Ruby Dixsana
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Meera
Manohar Singh ...
President Gangaram 'Gangu'
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Elections are soon to be held in Jan Gan, and the two main rivals are Bhikharimal and Garibdas, who are contesting under their symbols of a horse and a cycle. Then Meera and Gopal recruit a poor male, Gangaram, who assists his employer to sell fake herbs and medicines, including a birth-control pill 'Sanjay Sanjeevni', to stand for elections. Armed with a tonic-shot of Netagiri; a pill for Revolution; and a needle-shot of Socialism, Gangaram competes to be the next president with a symbol of a car. Meera then bribes the two main competitors and gets them to withdraw from the race, thus ensuring an easy win for Gangaram, who is then elected President. On his very first day, Gangaram learns that it is more practical to worship his Kursee, as well as listen to it's 8 Dictums. Then he decides to live it up during the daytime, and sleep with his busty Personal Secretary, Ruby Dixsana, at night. He then sets about to woo a dumb and naive woman, ironically named Janta (Public), and then ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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16 February 1978 (India)  »

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Kissa Kursi Ka  »

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Shabana Azmi and Raj Babbar starred in the first version of the film that was burnt by the government. They did not act in the film remade in 1977. See more »

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Evil Chair
25 June 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Amrit Nahata's 'Kissaa Kursee Kaa' is said to be Hindi cinema's first political spoof. It is a darkly comic social and historical commentary based on former leader Sanjay Gandhi. Upon its release it created quite a stir and Gandhi, who was in power then, had allegedly had all the prints of the movie burnt as a result of which he was imprisoned. The movie was remade in 1978.

One doesn't require this historical information in order to enjoy the film because as a stand-alone it is superb. Though it mainly tackles Indian politics, the bureaucratic system and corruption, it has a universal appeal because many of the problems depicted are also prominent in countries outside India. An example is the scene where Shabana is bombarded with a heap of bureaucratic questions when she brings five dead rats to collect her reward. The satirical humour and metaphors are cleverly infused into the dialogue, performances and lyrics.

In a small role, Shabana Azmi delivers a heartbreaking performance as the poor citizens whose voices remain unheard and who suffer the most in the struggle for power. Surekha Sikri and Raj Kiran are very good as the ambitious aspiring powerholders. Manohar Singh fits his part very well and Chaman Bagga is suitably revolting.

'Kissaa Kursee Kaa' is a political satire that is definitely worth watching and from what I've learnt, it's quite 'accurate' in its hilariously exaggerated depiction.


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