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Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)

An educated man spends his days writing letters for the varied inhabitants of his small, poor, and illiterate village, in this political and social satire.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramsakhi Pannawali
Shobharani (as Rajeshwari Sachdev Badola)
Ravi Jhankal ...
Munnibai Mukhanni
Subedar Singh
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Ramavtar (as Vallabh Vyas)
Masood Akhtar ...
Chidamiram Sapera (as Dayasankar Paandey)
Satish Sharma ...
Mangala Kenkre ...
Mahadev's mother (as Mangal Kenkre)
Vineeta Malik ...
Kamala's mother-in-law


It was Jawaharlal Nehru who changed the name of a small town, Durjanpur, to Sajjanpur, and that was about all the change that had occurred there since then. The town still lacks adequate infrastructure, no safe drinking water; in a 24 hour period, electricity is out for almost 23 hours, and most people, even though they own mobile phones, cannot speak or write English. One of the residents, who does speak and write English fluently, Mahadev Kuswah, lives with his mother, and both run a small fresh vegetable store after his dad abandoned them when he was very young. He has since obtained a degree from Satna University, and assists residents with written correspondence for a fee. Amongst his clients are Man Singh - who wants his homicidal wife to stand for the Municipal elections; a eunuch, Munnibai Mukhrani, who also to stands for elections; a snake charmer who is trying to make a living with fake snakes and is trying to locate his father; Ram Kumar, who is in love with a widow, Shobha... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

19 September 2008 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur  »

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INR 55,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Original title of the film was "Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur". See more »


At the very beginning, Mahadev is seen as brushing his teeth. Yet he was clean-shaven, a bit too clean-shaven for the time of the day and the village locale. He appears so, during most of the movie. See more »


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A beautiful film
19 February 2009 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I was also born in a small village like sajjanpur.I usually do not watch many bollywood films but this film is most beautiful and realistic film I have ever watched.It is nicely directed by Shyam Benegal and all the actors and actresses have played nicely specially Shreyas Talpade and Amrita Rao. Shryeas Talpade is a very talented actor. I would also like to mentioned the music of this film which is melodious! it is really great.

Conclusion: This is a very nice film and is worthwhile watching I will give 9 out of 10 for this film and wish that bollywood could make more film like this in future.

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