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Mother India (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Family | 14 February 1957 (India)
In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

Director:

Mehboob Khan (as Mehboob)

Writers:

Wajahat Mirza (dialogue) (as Vajahat Mirza), S. Ali Raza (dialogue)
Top Rated Indian Movies #97 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nargis ... Radha
Sunil Dutt ... Birju
Rajendra Kumar ... Ramu
Raaj Kumar ... Shamu (Radha's Husband)
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Sukhilala (as Kanhaiya Lal)
Jilloo Maa Jilloo Maa ... Shamu's mother
Kumkum ... Champa
Chanchal Chanchal ... Roopa
Sheela Naik Sheela Naik ... Kamla
Mukri ... Shambu (as Muqri)
Siddiqui Siddiqui
Ram Shastri Ram Shastri
Fakir Mohammad Fakir Mohammad ... (as Faqir Mohomed)
Geeta Geeta
Hameeda Hameeda
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Storyline

The film begins with the finishing of a water canal for the village set in the present. Radha (Nargis), as the mother of the village, is asked to open the canal and remembers back to her past when she was newly married, mirroring the new independence of India. The wedding between Radha and Shamu (Raaj Kumar) was paid for by Radha's mother-in-law, who got a loan from the moneylender Sukhilala. This event starts the spiral of poverty and hardship that Radha endures. The conditions of the loan are disputed, but the village elders decide in favor of the moneylender, after which Shamu and Radha are forced to pay three-quarters of their crop as interest on the loan of 500 rupees. While trying to use more of their land to alleviate their poverty, Shamu's arms are crushed by a boulder. He is shamed by his helplessness and is humiliated by others in the village. Deciding that he is no use to his family, he leaves and does not return. Soon after this, Radha's mother-in-law dies. Radha continues... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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holi | village | poverty | field | farm | See All (76) »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

14 February 1957 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Madre India See more »

Filming Locations:

Arthan, Surat, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mehboob Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Gevacolor) (negative)| Color (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in Mehboob Studios and some Villages of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Phir Hera Pheri (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Matwala Jiya Dole Piya
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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Mother's Willpower & Love
24 May 2009 | by adztiganaSee all my reviews

It was midnight couple of weeks back, and Mother's Day mode was in the air. Turmed on the TV and the movie was about to start. Astonishingly myself not a core Hindi movie follower glued in front of the TV way until 3.30am that night/morning. The reason was the superb performance by Nargis in the movie. Possibly a magnificent portrayal by an actress in a movie, Nargis pulled a character not withholding the burden, humiliation and suffering she endured - just because of her love for her sons. And the ending in such heart hammering way, perfectly crowning the character Mother India. The movie is one of those poured the heart and soul of a mother despite shortcomings. And to think I watched it on my first Mother's Day without my own late beloved mum. There is no me or us, without our own mother.


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