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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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Mahadev
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Kamala
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Ramkumar
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Ramsakhi Pannawali
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Shobharani (as Rajeshwari Sachdev Badola)
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Vindhya
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Ramsingh
Ravi Jhankal ...
Munnibai Mukhanni
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Subedar Singh
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Ramavtar (as Vallabh Vyas)
Masood Akhtar ...
Postman
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Chidamiram Sapera (as Dayasankar Paandey)
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Mangala Kenkre ...
Mahadev's mother (as Mangal Kenkre)
Vineeta Malik ...
Kamala's mother-in-law
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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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Original title of the film was "Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur". See more »

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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 »

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Features Saajan (1991) See more »

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Dildara Dildara Sine Mein
Written by Ashok Mishra
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Simplicity of Malgudi Days
12 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Welcome to Sajjanpur" is a revival of times on the lines of Malgudi Days and the flavour of of Hrishikesh Mukhejee & Basu Chatterjee. The fictitious village comprises of characters very humane, easily identifiable and oozing with simplicity (well, not quite!).

The narrative is extremely smooth and carries you with the flow. Shyam Benegal attempts an unexplored territory and once again he proves what a versatile director he is. With "Welcome to Sajjanpur" Shyam Benegal to a certain degree incorporates commercial elements into his style yet retaining the flavour of parallel cinema.

All the characters seem hand-picked as they are perfectly suited to the "T". Every actor gets adequate space as per the demands necessitated by the character. It seemed only Divya Dutta's character/ role was not fleshed out / elaborated (and her participation in the end was kind of coming).

In the times of heavy-weights & escapism cinema, "Welcome to Sajjanpur" manages to command a foothold in its own rights. Don't miss this movie at any costs.


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