7.7/10
1,541
23 user 5 critic

Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

10 Things to Know About 'Rangoon'

Click through for fun facts and photos about Vishal Bhardwaj's World War II drama.

See more

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bandit Queen (1994)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Rajesh Vivek
Chandni Bar (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav
I Am Kalam (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An impoverished boy forms an unlikely and unstable friendship with the lonely son of a nobleman.

Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Stars: Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, Hussan Saad
Dor (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Stars: Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, Gul Panag
3 Deewarein (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Juhi Chawla
Firaaq (2008)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots.

Director: Nandita Das
Stars: Inaamulhaq, Nassar, Shahana Goswami
Pinjar (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn.

Director: Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Sanjay Suri
Thanks Maa (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A homeless petty thief attempts to find the biological mother of an abandoned baby.

Director: Irfan Kamal
Stars: Master Shams, Master Salman, Master Jaffer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen
Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni
Raincoat (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Annu Kapoor
Fire (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani
Parzania (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A parsi family struggles to find thier son in a genocide carried out by vested interests outfits during 2002, commonly known as Gujarat riots, where more than 2000 Muslims died in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Director: Rahul Dholakia
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Corin Nemec, Sarika
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kalki
...
Ramsharan
...
Sooraj
Pankaj Jha ...
Rakesh
...
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)
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | | | |

Release Date:

26 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ethnos horis gynaikes  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Released in India in six languages: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati and Bhojpuri. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Splendid movie
26 June 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I caught this movie a year ago during a special film festival screening. It will one of the movies that I will not forget anytime soon.

It came as a surprise during the opening credits that the makers of the film normally make mainstream Hindi films. But the movie contains none of your typical song-dance routine.

The movie starts by showing the Indian culture in villages where males are prized assets while women are seen as a curse. But it very wisely reverses the roles, where in a village no more women are to be found and it is only inhabited by males.

The wild search for a bride begins thereafter and one can only imagine the savage side of the male species rears its ugly head.

A must catch film. Waiting for it to be released on mainstream or on DVD.


20 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?