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Godmother (1999)

| Crime, Drama, Thriller
When an imminent drought threatens to ruin their crop, Rambhi and her husband Veeru move from their village to the city. Through threat, violence and blackmail, Veeru makes a career as a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shabana Azmi ... Rambhi
Milind Gunaji ... Veeram
Nirmal Pandey ... Jakhra
Govind Namdeo ... Kesubhai (as Govind Namdev)
Vineet Kumar ... Lakhubhai (as Vinit Kumar)
Loveleen Mishra Loveleen Mishra ... Ramde's Wife (as Luvleen Mishra)
Raima Sen ... Sejal
Sharman Joshi ... Karsan
Ashwin Kumar Ashwin Kumar ... Asad
Anup Soni ... Meru
Anushree Shukla Anushree Shukla ... Young Karsan
Nishant Shuke Nishant Shuke ... Child Karsan
Ravi Kale ... Nagajan (policeman)
Manohar Teli Manohar Teli ... Meena
Anil Chaudhary Anil Chaudhary ... Ramde (as Anil Chowdhary)


When an imminent drought threatens to ruin their crop, Rambhi and her husband Veeru move from their village to the city. Through threat, violence and blackmail, Veeru makes a career as a kind of mafia don in the corrupt political system, but it turns out he is no more than a puppet of an influential lawyer who has him killed when Veeru decides not to kill any more. The lawyer thinks he can turn Rambhi into yet another puppet of his plans, but she strikes back, taking revenge for her husband's murder and fighting the corrupt political system until she becomes a veritable mafia Godmother herself. Written by Horst Prillinger <hprill@excite.com>

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A woman who dared to rule a man's world.


Crime | Drama | Thriller







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Dolby Digital


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The Story that Never Was
3 July 2006 | by canaryredSee all my reviews

So perhaps this film has broken box offices internationally, perhaps it is being perceived as one of the best films of all time, but heres the thing, it was only regarded a 'moderate' film in India where the story is home.

Why? Well the truth is, the film industry has once again glamorised and exaggerated the story of someone to their endeavor.And only the people at home know the truth. Although disputed, its common knowledge that Santokben Jadeja at least inspired the movie, one of the most notorious gangsters in the Gujarat inspiring a movie would suggest some sort of mafia reincarnation such as Goodfellas or Scarface. In my personal opinion, Rambhi was made to look like a heroine, 'a woman fighting to live in a male-dominated world'?? A woman who actually doesn't care about any women but herself, who sits back and watches murders and other atrocities happen in the hands of her own son. No this is not the real tale of this woman, she is glorified in Godmother, in real life a villain, a monster, a beast. This is why the Indians refused to watch three hours of rubbish in the cinema, refused to waste their money and time when they could see the real truth from their front window. The film is just that, a film, not biographical, not reality, not truth.

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