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Hey Ram (2000)

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Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

Director:

Kamal Haasan

Writers:

H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Kamal Haasan | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Saketh Ram
Shah Rukh Khan ... Amjad Ali Khan
Rani Mukerji ... Aparna Ram
Hema Malini ... Ambujam Iyengar
Girish Karnad ... Uppilli Iyengar
Naseeruddin Shah ... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Om Puri ... Goel
Vikram Gokhale ... Maharaja
Saurabh Shukla ... Manohar Lalwani
Nassar ... Police Officer (as Nasser)
Abbas ... Saketh Ram's Grandson
Atul Kulkarni ... Shriram Abhyankar
Showkar Janaki ... Mythili's Grandmother (as Sowcar Janaki)
Iravati Harshe ... Nafisa (as Iravathi Harshe)
Vasundhara Das ... Mythili Iyengar (as Vasundhra Das)
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Storyline

The film starts with Saketh Ram as a very old man and almost immediately goes into flashback. As a young man he is among his friends, in conviviality. He has taken a Bengali wife, Aparna, and everything is wonderful in his life, However the year is 1946, and the imminent independence of India from British suzerainty is complicated by religious antagonism between the Hindu majority and the large Muslim minority, who demand their own independent state. Saketh and Aparna visit Calcutta; rioting is reported, but Saketh goes out to get some food, and he soon encounters a Hindu woman being chased by Muslim rioters. He rescues her, but the rioters later come to his house, and brutally rape and then kill his wife. Saketh is devastated and takes to the streets, determined personally to kill as many Muslims as he can find. He meets up with Sriram Abhiyankar, who is leading a group of Hindu extremists, and Saketh becomes temporarily taken with the cause himself. At the same time, he is persuaded... Written by Hazel Freeman

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An experiment with truth.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Hey Ram - Augenblicke der Zärtlichkeit See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,402, 20 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$274,675, 27 February 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 113,500,000
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Amitabh Bachchan saw the film and enjoyed it. But he found it rather long. Kamal responded that if Amitabh layed down he still would be taller than Kamal Haasan. Kamal stated that in good humour. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where the car stops at a railway gate, Kamal's watch goes missing in one of the shots and in the next shot he has a watch. See more »

Quotes

Mythili Iyengar: Is there something on your mind that you're hiding from me?
Saketh Ram: Yes. No. Maybe.
Mythili Iyengar: That's a pity. Gandhi ji says hiding anything from others is a big sin.
Saketh Ram: Hmmm... Then this blouse of yours is a big sinner.
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Quite an eye opener for an American with a Christian background
10 July 2005 | by ceibaSee all my reviews

What an emotional and eye opening journey regarding the dangerous mix of religion and politics. The same dangerous mix we still face today. How can we profess to be products of a creator when we malign and even kill each other for the sake of an interpretation of our creator's being, the love that must have been to create us in the first place. I have just watched the DVD and cannot quite crying for the waste of good lives - the same waste occurring today. Will we ever learn?! Just a note on Shahrukh Khan's role and performance in the film...it was very understated and very moving. Since he his a Muslim, wouldn't it be nice to see him more roles expressing his own beliefs? It's amazing what influence a popular celebrity can have on popular thought. During such a time of religious warfare, it would be nice to see more films such as this that leave one with the conclusion the religious wars are an abomination. That there really is no such thing as a righteous war. Killing in the same of our creator is much the same as killing our siblings in the name of our parents. Can you imagine them condoning such behavior? Not I.

This was an excellent film on several levels including artistry, story line, and acting and direction. For what ever reason one would want to view films, except for simple mindless escapism, this is one to view and digest.


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