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The Churning (1976)

Manthan (original title)
Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman ... See full summary »

Director:

Shyam Benegal

Writers:

Kaifi Azmi (dialogue), Shyam Benegal (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Girish Karnad ... Dr. Manohar Rao
Naseeruddin Shah ... Bhola
Smita Patil ... Bindu
Amrish Puri ... Ganga Prasad Mishra
Mohan Agashe ... Deshmukh
Anant Nag ... Chandravarkar
Salim Ghouse ... Moola
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Sarpanch / Village Head
Rajendra Jaspal Rajendra Jaspal ... Moti
Savita Bajaj Savita Bajaj ... Jillo
Abha Dhulia Abha Dhulia ... Shanta Rao
Anjali Paigankar Anjali Paigankar ... Girl who falls for Chandravarkar
Sadhu Meher Sadhu Meher ... Mahapatra
Hriday Lani Hriday Lani
Suresh Bedi Suresh Bedi ... (as Soresh Bedi)
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Storyline

Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman Mishraji (Amrish Puri) and Sarpanch (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) are unhappy about this. How Dr.rao succeeds in his mission to make the villagers self reliant, with the help of Bindu (Smit Patil) and Bhola (Naseeruddin shah) is worth watching. Written by Reshmi Sharma (Roshni....A ray of Light)

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tej színe See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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500,000 farmers of Gujrat produced the movie, because it was based on the concept of the 'White Revolution' in India. It is the only movie with the largest count of individual investors for a movie. See more »

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Extraordinary dramatization of social, economic change
27 December 1999 | by rjfauteuxSee all my reviews

Manthan is an extraordinarily powerful and intense depiction of social change. As it has been 15 years since I've seen this film, my recollection of details may not be completely accurate; but the story tells the struggle of Indian dairy farmers to gain a fairer share of the proceeds of their labor from the larger milk-processing companies to whom they sell their raw milk. While my recollection of factual details about this movie is limited, I do recall vividly the strong emotional and artistic impact Manthan had on me. It should be noted that director Benegal also made Ankur (The Seedling) which, with a completely different story, also incarnates the painful social changes India is undergoing as it moves from a more to a less feudal social structure -- and in both movies dealing with these themes without preachiness or pronounced ideological heavyhandedness.


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