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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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1978- Kissa Kursi Ka: Celluloid chutzpah
25 May 2010 | by shovon-1See all my reviews

It is poetic justice that, among all his alleged sins, Sanjay Gandhi finds himself behind bars for a case that has aroused the least public interest. Sanjay, along with Indira Gandhi's former information and broadcasting (I&B) minister V.C. Shukla, is facing trial for allegedly destroying the prints of a Hindi feature film Kissa Kursi Ka (KKK), produced by Janata Party mp, Amrit Nahata. Most people are under the mistaken impression that Sanjay's alleged destruction of the KKK prints is a relatively minor offence. However, if convicted, both Sanjay and Shukla are liable to a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. In KKK, the main political party had a "people's car" as its election symbol-an obvious take-off on Sanjay's dubious Maruti car project. KKK also lampooned his prominent supporters like Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, Indira Gandhi's private secretary R.K. Dhawan, and the Emergency femme fatal Rukhsana Sulktana of Turkman Gate fame. KKK was sent to a seven-member revising committee by the Censor Board and further on to the Central Government by the committee. The I&B ministry sent Nahata a show cause notice which listed a total of 51 objections to his film. Nahata subsequently claimed that the objections were 'frivolous' and 'absurd' and on July 11, 1975 submitted a reply to the objections claiming that the characters in KKK were "imaginary and do not refer to any political party or persons". However, the fate of Nahata's film had been sealed at a secret coordination committee meeting held on July 7 chaired by Shukla. The prosecution has alleged that during the meeting, Shukla ordered that the film, including the original negatives, be seized. http://www.indiatoday.com/itoday/20061218/stories.html The film's ban signalled the beginning of the end of Sanjay Gandhi's reign.The Shabana Azmi starrer was India's first political spoof and its title-Kissa Kursi Ka (KKK)-has become part of the political lexicon. With dialogues like "Sir, give this young man the licence to manufacture small cars because he learnt it in his mother's womb", it took on the most powerful man of India then, Sanjay Gandhi. In the film, the main political party had a 'people's car' as its election symbol, an obvious take-off on Sanjay's Maruti car project. Obviously Indira Gandhi's errant son, then leading an unbridled youth brigade, known as Sanjay Gandhi's storm-troopers, was not amused. The film's negative, all the prints and the master-print were lifted from CBFC office, brought to the Maruti factory in Gurgaon and burned. The film, however, gave a powerful handle to the Jayaprakash Narayan-led movement and later to the Janata Party in destroying the Indira Gandhiled Congress in the 1977 Lok Sabha polls. The Shah Commission, set up to examine the Emergency excesses, held Sanjay guilty for burning the prints. As the Supreme Court denied him bail, Sanjay had to spend a month in Tihar Jail. V.C Shukla, I&B minister in Indira Gandhi's cabinet, also faced trial for allegedly destroying the prints of KKK and was jailed for two years. The verdict was overturned later. Though very few could see the film directed by Amrit Nahata, its title became immortal. During the anti-Emergency campaign, Nahata, a former Congress MP from Rajasthan, had been catapulted to stardom. He made the film again in 1978 with a new cast. Despite the controversy and massive publicity, the new movie proved to be a disaster. Even his commercially-oriented decision to replace Azmi with busty calendar girl Katy Mirza could not save the film.In a letter to the then I&B minister L.K. Advani, Nahata demanded Rs 1 crore as compensation claiming that "were KKK released even now, it would have broken all box office records".Prior to KKK, Nahata had made a devotional movie Sant Gyaneshwar in 1965 and a crime thriller Raton Ka Raja in 1967. He died on April 26, 2001, aged 74. He did not stand for Parliament or make a film again.

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