Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa

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  • 1999
  • 2 hr 32 min
  • 7.5  (295)

Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa is a Hindi drama film released in 1998, directed by Govind Nihalani and produced by Manmohan Shetty. The film stars Jaya Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Seema Biswas, and Joy Sengupta in lead roles. The story revolves around Sujata Chatterjee (Jaya Bachchan), a mother in her 60s, who loses her son Brati (Joy Sengupta) in a police encounter. Brati is a young man who gets involved in Naxalite movement in Bengal in the 70s. Sujata's world turns upside down after she learns about her son's death. She decides to visit the place where her son was killed to see for herself what had happened that day.

On her journey to Bengal, Sujata meets the people who were close to her son, including a journalist (Anupam Kher) who was Brati's friend. She learns about her son's life and his ideals, which were in sync with the Naxalite movement. The film also sheds light on the political and social issues of that era, such as poverty, inequality, and exploitation.

As Sujata delves deeper into her son's world, she discovers that her son was not just a young man who died in a police encounter, but a revolutionary who fought for the rights of the poor and the oppressed. She meets other mothers who have also lost their sons to the cause and forms an emotional bond with them. The film also explores the dilemma of a mother who has lost her son, but at the same time, she cannot ignore his ideals.

Jaya Bachchan's performance as Sujata Chatterjee is the highlight of the film. She portrays the emotions of a mother who has lost her son with honesty and conviction. Anupam Kher as the journalist who becomes Sujata's companion on her journey also delivers a powerful performance. Seema Biswas plays the role of a Naxalite leader with ease and conviction.

The film's music, composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, adds to the emotional depth of the story. The songs "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa" and "Rang Rang Mere Rang Rang Mein" are soulful and moving.

The cinematography by Govind Nihalani captures the beauty of Bengal and its people. The film shows the stark contrast between the urban and rural areas, and how the poor are exploited by the rich and powerful.

Overall, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa is a poignant and emotional film that explores the themes of motherhood, loss, and revolution. It questions the nature of violence and the impact it has on families and society. The film is an ode to the mothers who have lost their sons to political violence and a tribute to the young people who fought for a better world. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in Indian cinema and its socio-political context.

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    2 hr 32 min
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    7.5  (295)