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Mother India
Mother India
Actors: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Kanhaiyalal
Director: Mehboob Khan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     2hr 52min


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Actors: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Kanhaiyalal
Director: Mehboob Khan
Creators: Faredoon A. Irani, Shamsudin Kadri, S. Ali Raza, Wajahat Mirza
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Family Life, Classics, Family Films, Musicals
Studio: EROS
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/25/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1957
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1957
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 52min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Earth And High Heaven
Kevin Killian | San Francisco, CA United States | 10/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's kind of like GONE WITH THE WIND, and it's sort of like THE GOOD EARTH, and even a bit like EAST OF EDEN, but really MOTHER INDIA is its own thing, one of the loci classici of so-called "Bollywood."

The young screen star Radha Mitchell (PITCH BLACK, NEVERLAND, MELINDA AND MELINDA) was named after the longsuffering heroine, Radha in this movie, as Scarlett Johanson was similarly named after the heroine of GONE WITH THE WIND. Perhaps that's why Woody Allen was attracted to them both and employed them in recent films. He was reaching back into old epic roots and didn't even know it.

Radha is a young maiden in India whose mother entangles her into a scheme whereby a local moneylender would pay for the cost of her wedding, but in the process, like Shylock, he comes to "own" the whole family and causes them pain for generations to come. The mother is not a simpleton, more like a Lillian Gish type, and besides, we get the picture that this is just how things were done back then, and that dowries and fancy weddings were everything to these people. The action switches to the birth and development of Radha's two little boys, Ramu and Birju, who grow and mature during the film, and struggle against the age-old curse of the moneylender, who nows owns everything (like the carpetbaggers in GONE WITH THE WIND).

The only thing that you've ever seen in Western cinema to compare it to fairly would be Michael Powell's GONE TO EARTH with Jennifer Jones (sometimes called THE WILD HEART). Jennifer Jones, perhaps Susan Hayward, is the only Hollywood star with emotional power enough to have conveyed, maybe, Radha's metonymic attachment to land and family. Alas she never got a chance to perform in the cinema of Bombay! It's all about melodrama, music, dance, spectacle, heart and something else, something that can't be pinned down. Recommended with a plus sign, and two such signs should you ever have had a mother or a country."
Buy the Video
djonn | Toronto, On | 05/20/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A while ago, I got rid of my VCR and put in a DVD player in my computer. I re-purchased almost all the films I had in DVD format.

This movie is one of the great classics of world cinema and is a must view. Why am I rating it only 3 stars? The DVD transfer is AWFUL. I sorely regret having given away my VHS copy; it was much better.

Buy the VHS."
The grievous reality!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

Haunting film and painful portrait of Indian in those fifties. Ferocious critique of the caste's system that rules the life of Indian people through the traps employed by a swindler band to cheat illiterate persons.

A brave film made with honesty, courage and honour, nominated as Best Foreign Film in 1957.
One of my favorites
Kaitlin M. Copenspire | Cashmere, WA | 08/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A really beautiful indian musical.

I only wish there had been subtitles during the music, other than that, I loved it :D"