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Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)

Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, ... See full summary »

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Govind Nihalani

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Mahasweta Devi (based on the novel "Hazaar Churashir Ma"), Govind Nihalani (script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaya Bhaduri ... Sujata Chatterji
Anupam Kher ... Dibyanath Chatterji (Brati's father)
Seema Biswas ... Somu's mother
Milind Gunaji ... Saroj Pal, Police officer
Joy Sengupta Joy Sengupta ... Brati Chatterji
Nandita Das ... Nandini Mitra
Bhakti Barve
Kanti Madia Kanti Madia ... (as Kanti Madija)
Vineet Kumar Vineet Kumar
Sandeep Kulkarni
Anupam Shyam
Lalit Parimoo Lalit Parimoo
Atul Tiwari
Milon Mukhopadhyay Milon Mukhopadhyay
Mona Ambegaonkar
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Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, devout Hindu, religious, and compassionate woman, and Brati has finished his school and is now attending college. His parents are proud of him, and keep track of his progress. Then their world is shattered during the early hours, when they are informed by the police that Brati has been killed. Dibyanath and Sujata go to identify Brati's body, mourn, lament inconsolably. They know now that their lives will never be the same again - for by the police they will be called the mother and father corpse No. 1084. Sujata struggles to understand Brati's passing, meets his friends one by one, comes to know that Brati had a girlfriend, Nandini Mitra, and that's when she finds out that Brati was part of a rebel group often referred to as "Naxalbari", a militant leftist group. As she delves deeper and deeper into ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (India) See more »

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Udbhav Productions See more »
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Well made film -- must watch if you are fans of good film making
29 May 2005 | by lgaurSee all my reviews

I did not come away thinking that the director wanted to preach Marxism (like some comments indicated), but told a story about some that strongly believed in it. He told the story of those that embrace a movement and by doing so, they have involved their entire family one way or other. The shadows of their sacrifices are long; character Nandini talks about it. The survivors deal with differently -- here the mother is running around her sons memories. She is reaching out to the places that he ever touched. This kind of intelligent film making, simple story lines, characters with depth are not everybody's cup of tea.

I'm not going to say I agree with the story premise but I loved the film, characterization. No actor went for a grandiose performance; dialogues were simple, no punch lines. Hence a very simple film. I would suggest people watch the DVD; the film does a wake some emotions in you.

Performances: What can I say? I have not seen one actor that performed better or worse. Every one lived in their roles, hence the credit goes to the Director. But, I just have to say this... I loved Jaya Bhaduri in Guddi, Uphar, Kora Kagaj ... the lady is natural. She never acts - Amitabh acts -- Jaya just lives in her roles (even in KKKG in few scenes that were not artificial).


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