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Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

 -  Drama  -  19 July 2002 (India)
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During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rahul Bose ...
Raja Chowdhury / Jehangir Chowdhury
Konkona Sen Sharma ...
Meenakshi Iyer (as Konkona Sensharma)
Bhisham Sahni ...
Iqbal Ahmed Khan (as Bhisham Sahani)
Surekha Sikri ...
Najma Khan
Sunil Mukherjee
Anjan Dutt
Esha Chauhan
Kalyan Ray ...
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P.P. Bajaj ...
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Rahul Mulani ...
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Shernaz Patel ...
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Theron D'Souza ...
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Mona Ghosh Shetty ...
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Vijaya Subramanium ...
Meenakshi's Mother
A.V. Iyenger ...
Meenakshi's Father
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Meenakshi Iyer comes from a devout Hindu Brahmin family, purely vegetarian, who not only abstain from meat, but also food from restaurants, is the only child, married to Subramaniam Iyer from Tamil Nadu, has just given birth to a young son, Santhanam, and is visiting her mom. It is then they receive news that her mother-in-law is ill and wants Meenakshi back home in Calcutta. The parents arrange to drop her and her son off at the bus-stand, where they are introduced to a young photographer named Raja Chowdhury. Meenakshi's parents ask Raja to look after her, to which he agrees. The bus starts off, taking it's passengers through scenic hillside. The bus driver comes across a sign that the regular road is closed and he decides to take another route. After a few hours the bus comes to a stop as there is a line-up of vehicles ahead. The passengers are told that there has been a terrorist attack on a train resulting in the death of about 200 people. The region, predominately Hindu, believe... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Uday Bhawalkar provided the vocals for the theme track of this movie. The theme is based on an ancient form of Indian classical music called "Dhrupad", rarely heard in movies. See more »

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Theme music of Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
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Its not about Hindu and Muslim
1 March 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Hindu - Muslim riots in the movie is merely the backdrop. People who have commented here just see it as a yet another attempt to take advantage of western perception of India. Sorry, it seems you have completely missed the point. The point tries to make a case between love and honor. And this is India, married women do not indulge (more often that not) in to extra marital affairs. So there is dilemma in the Minds of Raj and Meenaxi. Meenaxi who reluctantly fall in for Raj and Raj who understands it but is bound by his honor. Their relation is platonic and full marks to Aparna for keeping it so because by making it controversial she could have reaped more benefits at the box office.

Well certain someone said that the act by the leads had not been put up properly. Konkana Sen Sharma got national award for her debut. People need to realize that she is a bong. Unlike west we don't not only have different dialects but entirely different languages. And the dialect is also extremely different. Which is why the performance is really really mind blowing, especially from the leads. Rahul Bose give a completely restrained performance. Aparna keeps is subtle. She is the greatest women director or may be probably the only who can carry of the subject like this. Kudos!


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