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Anwar is a Muslim who lives a middle-class lifestyle in Lucknow, India, along with his mom, brother, and Bhabhi, Suraiya. Anwar is doing a research on ancient Hindu Mandirs. They rent out a... See full summary »

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Manish Jha

Writers:

Priyamvad (inspired by short story "Phalgun Ki Ek Upkatha"), Manish Jha
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Credited cast:
Nauheed Cyrusi ... Mehru
Pankaj Jha Pankaj Jha
Manisha Koirala ... Anita
Siddharth Koirala Siddharth Koirala ... Anwar
Sanjay Mishra
Sudhir Pandey ... M.L.A.
Kashish Duggal Paul Kashish Duggal Paul
Vijay Raaz ... Master Pasha
Yashpal Sharma ... Supdt. of Police Ashok Tiwari
Naval Shukla Naval Shukla ... Muslim guy
Sharat Sonu Sharat Sonu ... Gardener
Lalit Tiwari ... Pappu
Hitten Ttejwani Hitten Ttejwani ... Udit (as Hiten Tejwani)
Rajpal Yadav ... Gopinath
Prithvi Zutshi ... Minister
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Anwar is a Muslim who lives a middle-class lifestyle in Lucknow, India, along with his mom, brother, and Bhabhi, Suraiya. Anwar is doing a research on ancient Hindu Mandirs. They rent out a room to a poor widow and her attractive daughter, Mehru. Anwar falls in love with her. Anwar is certain of Mehru's love for him, but is shocked when he finds out that she has eloped with Udit, his Hindu friend, who is about to immigrate to America. He informs her mother, who in turn calls upon her nephew and other kith and kin, to locate Mehru. They do locate the couple abroad a bus, Udit is killed, while Mehru is beaten and ultimately hangs herself. A guilt-ridden Anwar takes shelter in an ancient Mandit in Dholpur and his bag, which contained drawings of Mandirs and notes on 'Lord Krishna', 'Devi Maa Meera', and 'Mehru'. This bag ends up with the Police and they believe that Anwar is a terrorist who is planning to detonate bombs in sacred Hindu temples. The place is surrounded by Police, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Debut film of Manisha Koirala's brother, Siddharth Koirala. See more »

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Maula Mere Maula
Written by Sayeed Qadri
Composed by Mithun Sharma
Performed by Roop Kumar Rathod
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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Poignant,funny,silly and strikingly beautiful depiction of Indian socio-political reality
13 February 2007 | by rshyleshnairSee all my reviews

I rejoiced for Manish Jha's bravado and intelligent approach to movie making and stepping away from Bollywood style tripe. Vijay Raaz's acting as the eternally sad Master Pasha was incredible-kudos-I admire your work and its authenticity and glad you haven't sold out to Bollywood. The scenes and allegories were beautifully and tastefully shot, the imagery unforgettable. Great camera work and I love the minimalist yet to the point approach- good editing. I was a little lost on Gopinath's role and confused by his end (I've always been a fan of Rajpal Yadav's acting) . Siddharth Koirala was very expressive, beautiful eyes (looks like the great malayalee actor mohanlal)he could be more emotive but performed rather well in his over obsessed with Mehru role. Thank you to all the cast and Manish Jha for producing such a profoundly intense story on the screen. I'm happy to see such intelligent work and gives me hope that not all Indian actors and directors are slaves to the Bollywood industry tripe that flows out in copious amounts. The music was incredible especially the theme song or at least Moula mere-Thank you! and congratulations on this nearly impeccable work.


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Hindi

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (India) See more »

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Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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