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Maachis (1996)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 October 1996 (India)
A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of terrorism and youth in the Punjab after the 1984 riots.

Director:

Gulzar

Writers:

H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Gulzar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Om Puri ... Sanatan
Tabu ... Veerandra 'Veeran'
Chandrachur Singh ... Kripal Singh 'Pali'
Kanwaljit Singh ... Inspector Vohra (as Kanwaljit)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Commander
Raj Zutshi ... Jaswant Singh Randhawa 'Jassi'
Suneel Sinha ... Vazira
Jimmy Sheirgill ... Jaimal 'Jimmy' (as Jasjiet Shergill)
Ravi Gossain Ravi Gossain ... Kuldip (as Ravi Gosain)
Navninder Behl Navninder Behl ... Mother
Navnindra Behl Navnindra Behl ... Veeran's Mother (as Navninder Behl)
Amrik Gill Amrik Gill ... Nanoo
Banwari Taneja Banwari Taneja ... Kripal Singh - Pali's father
S.M. Zaheer S.M. Zaheer ... Inspector Khurana
Bhupendra Bhupendra ... (as Bhupender)
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Storyline

Following the assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, at the hands of her Sikh bodyguards, a wave of violence broke out against innocent Sikhs and their families. Pressure was also brought on the police to bring the assassins and their allies to justice. The police, with their limited resources, and the lack of any witnesses, brutally brought in innocent Sikh men and women, and aggressively interrogated them with third degree methods. This created a wave of sympathy for the extremists, and more people started joining them to revolt against an oppressive regime. This story is of one such family, consisting of Veerandra (Tabu), her brother Jaswant Singh or Jassi (Raj Zutshi), and her mom. One day Inspector Vohra (Kanwaljeet) comes to their house with a police escort to find out the whereabouts of Jimmy or Jaimal (Jasjit Shergill). Jassi playfully introduces the police party to his pet dog Jimmy, and is taken away for questioning. He returns several days later, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (India) See more »

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Production Co:

Pan Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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Trivia

Chod aaye hum [Maachis (1996)] Composer: Vishal Bharadwaj The famous whistling in the Hindi song inspired by the song, 'il campo di pallone' from the soundtrack of the Italian movie 'caro diario'. See more »

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Referenced in Fanney Khan (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Tum Gaye (m)
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Performed by Hariharan
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A realistic portrayal of a situation where there are no heroes
17 July 2000 | by dhotbSee all my reviews

I liked this film because apart from the songs (which were excellent) everything was so realistic, almost understated. The film dealt with a very emotional subject in a practical and logical way and brought to screen the misery caused to everyone concerned in this tragic conflict. All the major points were well handled, including references to false "encounters", the guilt of some Hindu friends of the Sikhs, the routine brutality of the police. There was also some balance in the film - not all police were the baddies, some were ordinary family men doing their jobs. Everyone had their frailties, even the hero wasn't a true film Hero, just a man caught up in a conflict not of his making

Excellent, more please


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