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A disturbing saga about male chauvinism and mistreatment of women in India.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tulip Joshi ... Kalki
Sudhir Pandey ... Ramsharan
Sushant Singh Sushant Singh ... Sooraj
Pankaj Jha Pankaj Jha ... Rakesh
Piyush Mishra ... Jagannath
Vinamra Pancharia Vinamra Pancharia ... Raghu
Mukesh Bhatt Mukesh Bhatt ... Kachra
Deepak Kumar Bandhu Deepak Kumar Bandhu ... Shailesh
Sanjay Kumar Sanjay Kumar ... Brijesh
Srivas Naidu Srivas Naidu ... Lokesh (as Shrivas Nydu)
Amin Gazi Amin Gazi ... Sukha
Chittaranjan Giri Chittaranjan Giri ... Pappu
Farooq Sarkari Farooq Sarkari ... Gajendra
Rajesh Jais Rajesh Jais ... Princess Pinky
Latesh Chaudhary Latesh Chaudhary ... Pappu's Bride (as Latesh Choudhari)
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A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings, the father bangs on a steel plate to attract the attention of all the villagers, who assemble, eager to hear the good news. But when the midwife announces that the child is a daughter, the banging stops, followed by a stunned silence. Shortly thereafter the father takes the baby and drowns it in a Calderon of milk. This practice continues on and as a result, many years later there are men and boys everywhere and no women. A widowed man, Ramsharan, ponders his plight and that of his two grown son, who he is unable to get married. No marriage has taken in this village for 15 years, save for one, which was annulled as the young 14-year old bride turned out to be a 14 year old boy. But there is hope when a friend informs Ramsharan that he has located a bride for his eldest, a beautiful young woman named Kalki, who lives nearby, sheltered by her father. Ramsharan pays a substantial ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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France | India

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Hindi | Bengali | Telugu | Tamil | Bhojpuri | Gujarati

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26 January 2005 (France) See more »

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One of the most beautiful movies of Indian Cinema
27 April 2006 | by sandeep138See all my reviews

A movie with a lesson. The movie is not just "art-lovers" movie but overall an extra-ordinary. The direction, the sequences, the acting. Everything is so refined that it does not let you move out of your seat.

Some reasons why you would not watch this movie:

1. Not a family movie (because of usage of obnoxious language and scenes which are of course required)

2. Not a "feel-good" movie(Need strong heart to watch the movie).

Reasons why you would watch this movie:

1. Feel the profoundness of India Cinema.

2. Unrivaled performances by characters.

3. Superb direction, editing, sequences and all the behind screen things.

4. Watching a complete movie.

5. Know better the consequences of decreasing sex ratio.

One of very rare films which covers such a crucial topic so effectively. The performance of each character, starting from lead actors like Sushant Singh, Sudhir Pandey, Piyush Mishra to even the 'dai' is too natural. It would not be wrong to say that it is rare to find such performances. I personally rate the performances higher than that of Black which claim to be one of the best movies of Bollywood.

Finally, I shall say a must watch movies. I am happy that this movie is going to release in 6 languages. No wonder this movie has been awarded with many international awards and ranked as Top Ten movies for the year.


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