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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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References Days and Nights in the Forest (1970) See more »

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Intriguing Journey
7 December 2004 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

Meenakshi Iyer is traveling on a bus with her son Santanam and befriends a fellow passenger Raja, a wild-life photographer. When fundamentalists attack the bus, she claims the photographer as her husband thus saving his life. Reason: Raja is Muslim. What follows later is a compelling journey into human relationship under critical circumstances.

Rahul Bose yet again delivers fantastic performance. Bhisham Sahni and Surekha Sikri played the old Muslim couple in the bus. It was great to see Bhisham Sahni after a long sabbatical.

Finally about Konkona Sen Sharma - to be frank, I was a bit skeptical about the gifted director Aparna Sen's daughter. To me the star-kids are pampered lot and fail to rise above the talent of parents. Noteworthy performance of Konkona Sen Sharma as a orthodox Tamil Brahmin house-wife leaves you mesmerized. The finer nuances right from her accent, language, mannerism, dress, bindi has been portrayed with utmost perfection. The parallel cinema can now rest as we have an apt successor to Shabana Azmi.

A very different story devoid of the usual Bollywood masala but made with sheer conviction that makes the audience captivated into the storyline. Worth commending is the directors ability to extract the best out of the principal cast.

Undoubtedly a launch vehicle from Aparna Sen showcasing her daughters talent - and it hits the bull's eye.


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