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Amu (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 January 2005 (India)
Amu is the story of an Indian American woman who returns to India. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju learns that a horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

Director:

Shonali Bose

Writer:

Shonali Bose

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Kaju "Amu"
Yashpal Sharma ... Gobind
Brinda Karat Brinda Karat ... Keya
Ankur Khanna Ankur Khanna ... Kabir
Chaiti Ghosh Chaiti Ghosh ... Tuki
Aparna Roy Aparna Roy ... Grandmother
Ashish Ghosh Ashish Ghosh ... Uncle
Ruma Ghosh Ruma Ghosh ... Aunt
Loveleen Mishra Loveleen Mishra ... Leelavati
Brajesh Mishra Brajesh Mishra ... Chachaji
Bharat Kapoor ... Arun Sehgal
Lushin Dubey Lushin Dubey ... Meera Sehgal
Rajendra Gupta ... KK
Ganeve Rajkotia Ganeve Rajkotia ... Shanno Kaur
Kuljit Singh Kuljit Singh ... Gurbachan Singh
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Storyline

Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family and discover the place where she was born. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins. Written by Shonali Bose

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When the past overwhelms the future... See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India | USA

Language:

Bengali | English | Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

7 January 2005 (India) See more »

Filming Locations:

Delhi, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,593, 22 June 2007

Gross USA:

$5,125
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) See more »

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Für Elise
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Good plot spoiled by a poor screenplay
8 February 2005 | by pratyushSee all my reviews

The fact that Indian movies are much more viewable is shown best by movies like Amu appearing in theatres.

Amu is about Kajju's (Konkona Sen's) exploration into her past. Right from the time I saw her in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, I have regarded her as an excellent actress. This movie is no different. Excellent, flawless acting bu Konkona who plays an Indian girl who has grown up in the US and comes back to India.

The acting by the grand mother of Kajju is interesting with some sharp dialogues 'how do girls pee from pants?'. The step mother's role is played excellently as well. However, the actor playing the boy friend to Kajju is far from satisfactory with his expressions. The screenplay also leaves a lot to be desired as a movie just about 90 minutes long has enough scenes in between which could have been edited to make the flow of scenes smoother.

The movie is about how Kajju slowly finds out about the dark riots of 1984 where Sikhs were mercilessly killed in Delhi. The politicians are shown as supporting the riots and the policemen doing nothing to help. It is a shocking reality which makes one wonder how human we really are.

And it is ironic that just as Kajju seems to come to terms with her tragic past, a newscaster from NDTV is shown on TV reporting about a train being burnt down in Godhra. That was the beginning of the gruesome riots of Gujarat which occurred in 2003. It seems we really will never learn from the past.


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