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Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)

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A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings, the father bangs on a steel plate to attract the attention of all the villagers, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tulip Joshi ...
Kalki
Sudhir Pandey ...
Ramsharan
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Sooraj
Pankaj Jha ...
Rakesh
Piyush Mishra ...
Jagannath
Vinamra Pancharia ...
Raghu
Mukesh Bhatt ...
Kachra
Deepak Kumar Bandhu ...
Shailesh
Sanjay Kumar ...
Brijesh
Srivas Naidu ...
Lokesh (as Shrivas Nydu)
Amin Gazi ...
Sukha
Chittaranjan Giri ...
Pappu
Farooq Sarkari ...
Gajendra
Rajesh Jais ...
Princess Pinky
Latesh Chaudhary ...
Pappu's Bride (as Latesh Choudhari)
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A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings, the father bangs on a steel plate to attract the attention of all the villagers, who assemble, eager to hear the good news. But when the midwife announces that the child is a daughter, the banging stops, followed by a stunned silence. Shortly thereafter the father takes the baby and drowns it in a Calderon of milk. This practice continues on and as a result, many years later there are men and boys everywhere and no women. A widowed man, Ramsharan, ponders his plight and that of his two grown son, who he is unable to get married. No marriage has taken in this village for 15 years, save for one, which was annulled as the young 14-year old bride turned out to be a 14 year old boy. But there is hope when a friend informs Ramsharan that he has located a bride for his eldest, a beautiful young woman named Kalki, who lives nearby, sheltered by her father. Ramsharan pays a substantial ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A Nation Without Women .... A Hell Created By Men?
7 August 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women' is one of the most disturbing Hindi films. It presents several taboo issues and graphic images such as: A graphic image of child being drowned in milk (female infanticide), gang-rape, serial rape, a Hindu priest engaging in a homosexual affair, incest, polygamous marriage, human slaughter, bestiality and frontal nudity. I'm surprised that it didn't create much controversy considering the subject matter. Actually, I wish it did because then more people would have watched it. It has a relevant message, especially to those who oppose having female infants and women's rights.

It's one of the bravest pieces of Indian cinema indeed but I wonder what director Manish Jha's intentions were were. Probably he wanted to get his message through to those many who see their daughters as burdens. Nevertheless, he tells his story well and a majority of audience will stay in shock long after the end credits have rolled. It doesn't leave a good taste but it shouldn't. Many people seem to criticize the film for being regressive but that is a ridiculous statement. In a country where even some of the biggest celebrities and leaders express their preference for a male child, one can only wonder how people who look up to them feel.

Tulip Joshi gives a restrained heartbreaking performance. The audience really empathizes with her character's agony and it really requires a fine actress to play such a difficult part and a newcomer like Joshi does a superb job. The rest of the cast is adequate.

'Matrubhoomi' is thought provoking and requires a lot of courage from the audience but it is an important film that should be seen. Kudos to Manish Jha and his crew for taking such a risk. One of the bravest pieces of recent Indian cinema.


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