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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:

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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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Trivia

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

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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17 May 2006 | by biosoftcoderSee all my reviews

Gandhiji is said to be the father of the India. A Mahathma who lived his principles instead of just preaching. But why on earth someone would want to kill him? It is something that the politicians and religious fellows wanted to hide from the general public. Kamal Hassan takes a brave step in putting things on the screen for everyone to see. True that the film evoked anger at many sects, but none could stop the film as everything is history and hence cannot be denied. The film supports religious harmony and breaks a lot of myths (including the one that Gandhi said 'hey ram' after being shot). Every Indian should see the film (where he is a Hindu or a Muslim doesn't matter at all). For that India would live in peace.


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