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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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...a thought provoking and insightful film.
18 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Mr. and Mrs. Iyer deals with many prevalent issues existing with in India today. It is a social commentary on the class system, religious warfare and gender inequalities. The film is shot beautifully, juxtapopposing the beauty of nature against the 'uncivilised' capacity that us humans have to bestow on one another. The script is written thoughtfully setting up charged dynamics between the main characters Raja and Meenakshi.

Konkona Sen Sharma's performance is delightful with her authentic accent and mannerism of a South Indian. Rahul Bhose performance is sensual and heartfelt, portraying depth and breadth.

The wonderful thing about this film is that although it focuses on a particular situation, it illustrates issues that exist worldwide, in all walks of life, simply manifesting themselves in different situations. Meenakshi faces constrictions throughout life due to her gender, she is constricted and faces the 'glass ceiling'. She longs to be free and to live life freely as Raj does. Raj is free is every sense of the word, physically he is free to roam the world. He is also free from the psychological limitations from which Meenakshi suffers, that of class and caste bound prejudice. The religious warfare shown is a very current issue, with fundamentalism at its most notorious in years.

Definitely worth seeing. 8/10.


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