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A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

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Credited cast:
... Rishi Kumar (as Arvind)
... Roja
... Liaqat
... Colonel Rayappa (as Naseer)
... Waseem Khan (as Shiva)
... Chajoo Maharaj (as Janakraj)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.K. Saraswathi
Sathyapriya
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Roja, a young woman born and brought up in Southern India, prays that the handsome young man coming to see her sister will be her future brother-in-law, only to have the tables turned on her when he openly choses her over her sister (as her sister loves another). So Roja marries Rishi and they leave the village to settle in the city, where both fall in love. Rishi, who works for the Indian Government, is instructed to go to the troubled state of Kashmir on a classified mission. Roja also goes along. Then her innocent world is shattered when Rishi is abducted and held for ransom by a group of jihadist militants who want an independent Kashmir and the release of a terrorist held by the Indian military forces. Will the passionate appeal of this young woman move cold and ruthless military and politician's hearts and minds? Two of the songs are worth remembering after watching the Hindi-dubbed version of the movie: "Dil hai chhotasa, chhotisi aasha, masti bhare man ki bholisi aasha, chand ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Chinna Chinna Aasai (Bit)
(Hindi: "Chhoti Si Asha (Bit)")
Sung by Minmini
Music composed by A.R. Rahman
Tamil Lyrics by Vairamuthu
Hindi Lyrics by P.K. Mishra
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The Greatest Movie that changed Pan Indian Cinema
9 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

For starters, The movie name " Roja" brings goosebumps , such is the impact it had on me as a Cinema lover and made me understand and changed my perspective on how the perfect Movie should be : Engagingly showcasing both visually and with dialogues along with able support from songs, Bgm and Cinematography a story and drama that is unique yet both emotionally gripping and thrilling with a most relevant social theme.

Roja is the only movie or at least one of the very few which has all these and some. For once, it is a movie where the fullstop is not after a couple get married and the actual love is established post marriage and shown in the form of a thriller integrated with a national theme brilliantly.

The first half is a beautiful depiction of character establishment and drama between different relationships shown subtly with some of the best music and dialogues ever heard and best natural scenery ever seen.

The second half the story takes a tremendous turn both story wise and in terms of premise and feel of the movie...The wonderful part if how a national issue was dealt with perfect reality in an national integration form yet the interior layer was a true love story where the wife goes all out for her husband.

Its probably the first national integration movie ever and in locations seen for the first time with the lovely thoughts at present reflecting of scenes in the past format ( The one before kaadhal Rojave) , songs both visually and to hear off the charts.

So many movies since have used the templates set in Roja and yet none can match the greatest Indian movie ever made by the pairing then that has now conquered the nation as the best - Maniratnam and ARR!!

Final Verdict : The best Indian Movie!!


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