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Mother India  (1957 - Hindi)

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  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 24 Jul 2009

    When Radha's "bad son"(Sunil Dutt), in order to take revenge on the money lender who has abused his mother, seduces and runs away with with his daughter, Radha is driven to kill him The universal "Mother" is thus identified with "Kali", goddess of destruction. The film fully exploits all emotinal possibilities and paints an almost mystical picture of the suffering of the poor and humble and even more, that of woman--especially the mother figure.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 24 Jul 2009

    Even today, India is a country with a rural majority and in the film, Radha, the "Mother"( Nargis) takes on the symbolism of the "national mother", India, as well as that of the mythical "mother goddess". In the beginning of the film, Radha, the "Mother India", has already become the mother of her rural community,, and done her duty by her husband (Raj Kumar) by giving sons. Her endeavors to inaugurate a dam, which was to facilitate mechanical irrigation, symbolises India's mechanical progress.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 24 Jul 2009

    The film "Mother India "convincingly paints the conflicts of an agrarian society and the role that the Indian woman plays in the survival of the entire family. The film was made after the director had made a minute study of a village in Gujrat (near baroda), and with a completely new perspective of the aesthetic language of cinema. The context in which "Aurat" was made was considerably amplified in this film, one of the ways being the idealization in technicolour of the woman and the mother.

  • Rajarshi Majumdar
    Rajarshi Majumdarwrote on 22 Jan 2009

    Mother India was the first LP, which HMV came out with.

  • Divya Solgama
    Divya Solgamawrote on 29 Sep 2008

    At a point of time, dacoit films were a favourite with flilm-makers and a majority of those films [20 films] starred Sunil Dutt as a dacoit. For eg. Mujhe Jeene Do, Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye, Mother India, Etc.

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