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Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)

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

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Manish Jha

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Manish Jha
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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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26 January 2005 (France) See more »

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First true cinema in history of Bollywood
23 February 2006 | by kruttik-aSee all my reviews

Manish has definitely brought about a revolution in Story telling in India. With Matrubhoomi not only has he challenged the very fabric of Indian Movie making but also the residing fear in Indians to accept and admit their own apathy towards their own wisdom and creed.

Indian cinema has long been manifested, rather infected with a megalomania of movie making thus fooling the audience into illusions of happiness and so called feel-good-factor. On the contrary, here is a movie that is brilliantly directed to not only present the an imagination perfectly, but also telling the story absolutely pertinent to fathomable future.

Truly this cinema not only shows the harsh realities of female infanticide but also displays a sublime love and purity of womanhood to her kind. It also blends the cruelty of men responsible for female infanticide with a sympathy that veneers their characters due to lack of adulthood.

Manish Jha has successfully entered the shock art cinema and guys believe me we have our own , Desi version directors like Gasper Noe, Quintin Tarintino or Bernardo Bertolucci. A perfect recipe!!!!!!!


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