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Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004)

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Delving into the limitless world of creative endeavors, and vicissitudes in the way of such endeavors, this tale of an artist and his muse, like a painting, leaves itself open to interpretations and readings by every viewer...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Nadira Babbar ...
Khala / Masi
Kameshwar Mathur
Sadiya Turabi ...
Zafar Ansari ...
Zainab Ravdjee ...
Naghma's friend
Pawan Sughand ...
Qawwali main singer
Madhu Gopinath ...
Kalaripallu performer
Vakkom Sajeev ...
Kalaripallu performer
Bunty Sharma ...
Boy with kite
Chetan Motiwalla ...
Man on motorcycle
Raisa Husain ...
'Rang' exotic dancer
Sharmishta Roy ...
'Rang' exotic dancer
Ghanteshwar T. Guru ...
Man at Jaisalmer station / Photographer


A well-known Nawab, who is an author as well as a poet in Hyderabad, India, is approached by a beautiful young woman, with a heavy Hyderabadi accent named Meenaxi, to write a story on her, which the Nawab agrees to do so. When the Nawab's antique car breaks down, he takes it to a motor mechanic, and thus a story is formed in the Nawab's mind. The story takes place in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, where his lead actress is the maternal niece of the local Raja Bijendra Singh, and the motor mechanic is Kameshwar Mathur, the only son of a multi-millionaire. Kameshwar and Meenaxi meet and are instantly attracted to each other. The second scenario the Nawab creates takes place in Prague, the Czech republic, where Meenaxi is portrayed as a young woman living in a Nunnery by the name of Maria Gulcova, who has been assigned to do some research on India and it's culture. In order to do this, she meets with a young man from India, Kameshwar, and both are attracted to each other. The Nawab takes both ... Written by rAjOo (

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2 April 2004 (India)  »

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Trouble arose for the film when the All-India Ulema Council objected to the qawalli "Noor-un-ala-Noor" from the film. The Council objected about the use of the phrase "Noor-un-ala-Noor," which meant "light and more light" - the phrase, normally used in the holy Koran to praise the Prophet Mohammed, was used to illustrate the beauty of women in Hussain's film. In response, Hussain decided to withdraw the film from cinema halls. See more »


Yeh Rishta
Sung by Reena Bhardwaj
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Rahat Indori
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A brilliant, colorful masterpiece
25 April 2004 | by (Santa Clara, USA) – See all my reviews

M.F.Husain, who has written and directed this movie, is a well renowned artist from India. Meenaxi is just as colorful and bright as his paintings.

The title of the movie is a bit misleading. Even though the story travels through three cities, the movie itself is not about the three cities. It is about a creator and his relationship with his characters, especially the pivotal muse.

Raghubir Yadav is a perfect fit for the character of the famous author, Nawab, who often gets so lost in his stories that he forgets about himself and everyone around him. Tabu, as his inspiration and the central character in his story (Meenaxi), is more than competent in her role. Kunal Kapoor, the new comer displays tremendous maturity.

In all, the movie underscores the point that for a committed author (or any creative artist, for that matter), the line that divides reality and the fantasy world of his creation is almost imperceptible. The movie ends with a question - "Is life nothing more than a thought? Or is it a search for that thought?"

The direction and narration are brilliant, if a bit self-indulgent. One got the feeling that the whole movie might have been more gripping if the length was shorter. But then, Husain was probably constrained by the requirements of an Indian audience.

The songs, by A.R.Rahman, are sheer genius and so is the background score. The cinematography explodes with color and movement and combined with the well-blended music, elevates the movie's experience to a higher plane.

A must see movie, even if you have never seen Indian movies before. This is about as good as movies get.

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