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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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,125, 1 July 2007
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jonai Productions See more »
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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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O Gonga Tumi
Written by Bhupen Hazarika
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A strong film from a first time director.
10 November 2005 | by madshySee all my reviews

Let me start by saying I lived in New Delhi during the time of the riots, and had close Sikh friends whom we had to care for at the time of the mayhem.

That said, I went to watch the film with no preconceived notions. I was pleasantly surprised. It had its share of low spots, but that is the beauty of watching a first time director's work, you see them grow. Shonali is going to be a writer director to be reckoned with.

Like all good 'Films' that are based on true events this film walks the fine line of not getting too caught up in the heat of actual events. Instead it tries to dramatize or fictionalize the effects of the events on people lives. A fact that some audience don't seem to grasp. Especially, a substantial number of Indian audience (amply demonstrated on this site by the stupid review by ajaysaxena1960)! I sat through a Q&A session with the director where people wanted to know why the director did not name names of all the MLA's involved in the massacre. Or if the director could through her film, get the International tribunal to try Indian government for crimes against humanity.

SHE IS A FILM MAKER. NOT A HISTORIAN OR A CRUSADER.

The film took 8 years to fund and make (a crusade in itself), for that alone I admire the director. But of all the films done by writers and directors based in America, Shonali's film most certainly stands head and shoulders above the rest. She has a strong voice and a crisp sense of film-making.

A director most certainly worth watching!


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