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Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shreyas Talpade ...
Mahadev
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Ramkumar
Ila Arun ...
Ramsakhi Pannawali
Rajeshwari Sachdev ...
Shobharani (as Rajeshwari Sachdev Badola)
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Vindhya
Yashpal Sharma ...
Ramsingh
Ravi Jhankal ...
Munnibai Mukhanni
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Subedar Singh
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Ramavtar (as Vallabh Vyas)
Masood Akhtar ...
Postman
Daya Shankar Pandey ...
Chidamiram Sapera (as Dayasankar Paandey)
Satish Sharma ...
Publisher
Mangala Kenkre ...
Mahadev's mother (as Mangal Kenkre)
Vineeta Malik ...
Kamala's mother-in-law
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Storyline

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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19 September 2008 (India)  »

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Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur  »

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INR 55,000,000 (estimated)
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At the beginning of the film, the table that Mahadev uses to write letters is covered with newspaper. After he starts talking to the man on the motorcycle, all of sudden, the table is magically covered with a plastic sheet. See more »

Connections

Features Saajan (1991) See more »

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Ek Meetha Marz De Ke
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Madhushree and Mohit Chauhan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Great to have Shyam Benegal back
23 September 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It's great to have Shyam Benegal back making films again. He's relaunched himself with a fairly light film, one that reminded me of another of my favorite directors of the 80s, Sai Paranjpe. Both Sai and Shyam are so good at capturing the quirks of village life, warts and all. Welcome To Sajjanpur actually does have some dark elements, but the director doesn't seem to want to ruin India Shining's cheery mood by dwelling on these too much. Be warned, a lot of the language in this film is Bhojpuri, especially the dialogs of Ila Arun. I missed a lot of her funny lines, but the Bhojpuri speaking people in the audience were laughing out loud. The performances of the actors were all great - Shyam is obviously good at casting. Don't know if this film is destines to run for long, so I'd advise everyone to go out and see it right away. Or you could always wait to see it on TV (UTV Spotboy movies make it to TV in 3 months) or buy the DVD (for Rs 50!).


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