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 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

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Taglines:

An experiment with truth.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The rights to the title "Hey Ram" were with Jackie Shroff. He launched a film with that title under his home production J.K. Priductions. He shelved the film after he had a falling out with his secretary Mukul Aggarwal. See more »

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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

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: I am willing to take all this communal hatred in the form a bullet, If I am promised that along with that they will also bury this communal hatred and live together as one community.
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overestimated its audience!!
27 September 2001 | by m_madhuSee all my reviews

hey ram is way too complex for the average indian viewer. the movie's complex techniques of flash-trhough, visual & aural associations, extended pauses & the use of the mental imagery of the protagonist to express his thoughts most probably did not connect with the indian audience.

the movie, im sure, is hailed as a classic at film institutes and by connoisseurs but the demanded too much involvement from the audience, for it to have any kind of mass appeal.

the sensitive story and the harsh visuals would have further delineated the audience, but for discerning viewers who like to get involved in the movie, this is a must see.

the way the protagonists thoughts, views & ideals on the issue of patriotism, struggle & Gandhi keeps changing and evolves slowly through his own experiences are extraordinary to watch. makes me want to read more about the Mahatma.

a brilliant movie, will rank among my alltime favourites. a classic 10.


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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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,402, 21 February 2000

Gross USA:

$274,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,675
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