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Roti (1942)

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Roti made in the early 1940s inspired by the German Expressionism, is a real critique of Indian society with prophetic insight. It deals with two models - one of a millionaire, possessed by... See full synopsis »

Director:

Mehboob Khan

Writer:

Wajahat Mirza
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Credited cast:
Sardar Akhtar Sardar Akhtar
Sitara Devi ... Kinari
Akhtari Faizabadi Akhtari Faizabadi ... Darling
Ashraf Khan Ashraf Khan ... Commentator
Chandra Mohan Chandra Mohan ... Seth Laxmidas impostor
Sheikh Mukhtar Sheikh Mukhtar ... Balam
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Roti made in the early 1940s inspired by the German Expressionism, is a real critique of Indian society with prophetic insight. It deals with two models - one of a millionaire, possessed by money and power in an industrial civilisation, the other of a tribal couple living in a primeval state of nature. The millionaire is saved by the couple after an air crash, the tribal couple emigrate to the city, do not find happiness and return. The millionaire is ruined in the city, tries futilely to find salvation among the tribal. (Not my own synopsis, taken from a website on the history of Indian Cinema which Imdb wouldn't let me include because it doesn't accept links or htmls in plot synopses)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Also Known As:

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Mono
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Scathing Indictment of Capitalism
28 September 2002 | by avisoloSee all my reviews

This classic early film by Memboob is a very hard hitting and well made critique of the impact of the capitalist ethos on India's poor. This film is striking in it's uncompromising stand more so as it was made within the framework of commercial Indian cinema. Surely among the all time greats of Indian films.


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