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Mother India (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Family | 25 October 1957 (India)
In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

Director:

Mehboob Khan (as Mehboob)

Writers:

Wajahat Mirza (dialogue) (as Vajahat Mirza), S. Ali Raza (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nargis ... Radha
Sunil Dutt ... Birju
Rajendra Kumar ... Ramu
Raaj Kumar ... Shamu (Radha's Husband)
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Sukhilala (as Kanhaiya Lal)
Jilloo Maa Jilloo Maa ... Shamu's mother
Kumkum ... Champa
Chanchal Chanchal ... Roopa
Sheela Naik Sheela Naik ... Kamla
Mukri ... Shambu (as Muqri)
Siddiqui Siddiqui
Ram Shastri Ram Shastri
Fakir Mohammad Fakir Mohammad ... (as Faqir Mohomed)
Geeta Geeta
Hameeda Hameeda
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Storyline

The film begins with the finishing of a water canal for the village set in the present. Radha (Nargis), as the mother of the village, is asked to open the canal and remembers back to her past when she was newly married, mirroring the new independence of India. The wedding between Radha and Shamu (Raaj Kumar) was paid for by Radha's mother-in-law, who got a loan from the moneylender Sukhilala. This event starts the spiral of poverty and hardship that Radha endures. The conditions of the loan are disputed, but the village elders decide in favor of the moneylender, after which Shamu and Radha are forced to pay three-quarters of their crop as interest on the loan of 500 rupees. While trying to use more of their land to alleviate their poverty, Shamu's arms are crushed by a boulder. He is shamed by his helplessness and is humiliated by others in the village. Deciding that he is no use to his family, he leaves and does not return. Soon after this, Radha's mother-in-law dies. Radha continues... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Family

Certificate:

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This was the most expensive film made in India at that time. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ghunghat Nahin Kholoongi Saiyan
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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A Gem of a Movie !!!
19 March 2001 | by khann003See all my reviews

A movie of an epic proportion in the true sense of the word. Easily, one of the greatest films ever made regardless of any cultural, traditional, social, and ethnical background to consider.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

25 October 1957 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Madre India See more »

Filming Locations:

Arthan, Surat, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mehboob Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Gevacolor) (negative)| Color (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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