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Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Meenaxi
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Nawab
Nadira Babbar ...
Khala / Masi
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Kameshwar Mathur
Sadiya Turabi ...
Naghma
Zafar Ansari ...
Publisher
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
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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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Artist and director M.F. Hussain had originally envisaged Madhuri Dixit for the titular role, but as she was unavailable, Tabu (I) was approached next for the role of the enigma and she accepted it. See more »

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Sung by Alka Yagnik
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Lyrics by Rahat Indori
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One of the Greatest Hidden Gems!!!
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Meenaxi, and are wondering whether or not this is your kind of movie, then let me be of some help. If you enjoy experimental cinema, somewhere along the lines of David Lynch, then this will strike a definite cord with you. Meenaxi is lavishingly beautiful. The cinematography is sharp and vividly real. Some scenes feel so real that I get a little uncomfortable when the actors look directly into the camera (reminicent to Federico Fellini's films). There's that "creepy feeling" throughout the movie. The camera movement and transitions have a lot to do with it I think. Also, each frame is expertly composed with some very innovative imagery, conceived by master painter (and now master director) M.F. Hussain. I gave it nine stars only because the pace comes to an unfortunate halt during the Prague sequence. However, the pay-off does come quickly afterward, so just be patient. It's surely worth the wait! Meenaxi's a real hidden gem!


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