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Kissaa Kursee Kaa (1978)

The story of an evil politician.


Amrit Nahata


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Credited cast:
Shabana Azmi ... Janta
Raj Babbar ... (First version that was destroyed)
Chaman Bagga Chaman Bagga ... Deshpal - President's Secretary
Raj Kiran ... Gopal
Katy Mirza Katy Mirza ... Ruby Dixsana
Surekha Sikri ... Meera
Manohar Singh Manohar Singh ... President Gangaram 'Gangu'
Swapna Sundari Swapna Sundari ... Dancer / Singer


Elections are soon to be held in Jan Gan, and the two main rivals are Bhikharimal and Garibdas, who are contesting under their symbols of a horse and a cycle. Then Meera and Gopal recruit a poor male, Gangaram, who assists his employer to sell fake herbs and medicines, including a birth-control pill 'Sanjay Sanjeevni', to stand for elections. Armed with a tonic-shot of Netagiri; a pill for Revolution; and a needle-shot of Socialism, Gangaram competes to be the next president with a symbol of a car. Meera then bribes the two main competitors and gets them to withdraw from the race, thus ensuring an easy win for Gangaram, who is then elected President. On his very first day, Gangaram learns that it is more practical to worship his Kursee, as well as listen to it's 8 Dictums. Then he decides to live it up during the daytime, and sleep with his busty Personal Secretary, Ruby Dixsana, at night. He then sets about to woo a dumb and naive woman, ironically named Janta (Public), and then ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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16 February 1978 (India) See more »

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Kissa Kursi Ka See more »

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Kissaa Kursi Ka was getting made in 1974, it was ready to release in 1975 but the government didn't allow its release as a period of emergency had been declared. The movie was one of the first, if not first, political satires of Hindi cinema. The movies print and negatives were confiscated and destroyed (against Supreme Courts orders, which said to maintain them). The movie allegedly was a spoof of Sanjay Gandhi and Congress at that time. The director tried remaking the movie, replacing some actors (such as replacing Shabana Azmi with a better looking model etc), but failed to make an impact. The director went on to ask 1 crore as a compensation, because he felt that the movie could've become a blockbuster if released originally. One can't ignore the amount of positive reviews the limitedly viewed film got. The movie was mentioned in articles about the recent ban on Aarakshan in some Indian states. See more »

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KKK - politics in India.... the real picture....!!!
23 July 2012 | by kapilnayyarSee all my reviews

KKK - It was released 3 years before i was born... excellent star cast... theatrical presentation one of the most controversial movies ever made in India... the producers were only able to release it after the fall of Indira Gandhi's govt. in 1977.....

and i watched it 34 years after it was made.. and still can relate everything to the present scenario in 2012.... the PM and presidential elections... babas and dharnas.... corruption and dumb public... influential businessmen.... and the age old money making business called politics...

Everyone may not like it since its not as fast paced as today's lightening cinema.... but a gem according to me

Sometimes.... I wonder.... weren't we better off in the times of kings, maharajas, sultans and nawabs... at least the power and money was being exchanged through one source...

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