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The Blue Umbrella (2005)

Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal Pradesh in India along with her widowed mom and wrestler brother. She entertains ... See full summary »


Vishal Bhardwaj


Ruskin Bond (based on a novella by), Minty Kunwar Tejpal (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pankaj Kapur ... Nandakishore 'Nandu' Khatri
Shreya Sharma Shreya Sharma ... Biniya
Deepak Dobriyal ... Robot Owner
Rahul Kumar ... Tikku
Paramjit Singh Kakran Paramjit Singh Kakran ... Rajaram
Piu Dutt Piu Dutt ... Binya's mother
Aasmaan Bhardwaj Aasmaan Bhardwaj ... Biniya's Friend
Urmila Urmila ... Biniya's Friend
Dollram Dollram ... Biniya's Friend
Kamal Kamal ... Biniya's Friend
Salil Golu Salil Golu ... Biniya's Friend
Puja Puja ... Biniya's Friend
Karan ... Biniya's Friend
Manvi Manvi ... Biniya's Friend
Rishabh Rishabh ... Biniya's Friend


Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal Pradesh in India along with her widowed mom and wrestler brother. She entertains various tourists, and while doing so with some tourists from Japan, trades in her bear-tooth amulet with a blue umbrella. She and her umbrella become very popular with both tourists and the local villagers. A restaurant-owner, Nandkishore Khatri, takes a fancy to this umbrella and attempts several times to buy if off of her - in vain. Then one day while tending to her two cows, the umbrella goes missing. The entire village sympathizes with her. She suspects Nandkishore, and the police turn his house upside down but are unable to locate the missing umbrella. An embittered and upset Nandkishore orders a red-and-white Japanese umbrella and, in turn, becomes immensely popular with the local villagers as well as with tourists. The question remains: where did Biniya's umbrella disappear to, and will she ever ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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10 August 2007 (India) See more »

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Vishal Bhardwaj's done it again
23 October 2007 | by parttimegodSee all my reviews

I must say after seeing omkara(vishals earlier movie), i knew that he had skill in the field of direction, but blue umbrella is a milestone in his career personifying his art. based on the Ruskin bond novel, this movie is a work of art, all packed with children singing "tesu" songs, depicting the rural India. The story although seems timid, but bhardwaj shows how small problems go big in the rural world. I would Have to go so far to say that the Indian audiences may not be as ready for the movie as bhardwaj thought they were.hence declaring it a flop for the masses. but in the true art sense it is a work of guts. and to top it all we receive a mind numbling performance by theatre actor Pankaj Kapur. who literally plays with your mind throughout the film. On an over all basis this movie marks the change of Indian cinema, or you can say the return of the parallel cinema once started by men like satyajit ray...

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