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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 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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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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Munni Ki Baari Are Mandir
Written by Ashok Mishra
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Ajay Jhingran
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Welcome Back Shyam Benegal
10 October 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

After taking a break from direction for about 7 years, one of my all time favourite directors is back and this time with something different: a satirical comedy. 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' is such a joy to watch. It isn't an out-and-out comedy as there are elements of tragedy but the film feels refreshing and genuine. When most Hindi movies nowadays are set in foreign locations, 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' is set in a fictitious Indian village and it tells the humble story of the inhabitants of that village. I don't recall Benegal ever having made a comedy and here he succeeds greatly. The sharp writing consists of some hilariously witty dialogues, rich and sincere characters and laugh-out-loud situations. I enjoyed all the letter-writing sequences with the colourful characters. Benegal also cleverly presents themes such as politics, 'gay' rights and widow remarriage into the plots. The songs too fit well with the story although the dream sequence filmed on Talpade and Rao in an airplane is awkward.

The performances are splendid. Ila Arun and Divya Dutta are awesome as the conflicting mother-daughter duo. Amrita Rao is marvelous as the married village belle. Ravi Kishan finally gets to display his comic talents in a substantial role. Rajeshwari Sachdev is impressive in a small role. She's particularly funny in the scene where her father-in-law asks her to read the letter from Ramkumar. Yashpal Sharma is adequate. Kunal Kapoor thankfully only has a teeny role.

And, 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' is confidently carried by Shreyas Talpade, one of the most talented young actors of the current generation. Benegal's previous films indicate that he has an eye for talented actors and he has cleverly cast Talpade in the lead role. The actor delivers a finely balanced and very natural performance.

I can safely add 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' to my list of favourite films of the year and so far it is one of the best Hindi films of 2008. If you're looking for an something in the form of good entertainment, innovative storytelling with some interesting themes and good cinema, then this is that movie.


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