Gaja Gamini (2000)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 3 mins

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The central figure of the film is represented by a mysterious figure called "Gaja Gamini" (Madhuri Dixit), who inspires, arouses, and confuses the common man. This artistically quilted musical is the abstract portrayal of the feminine ability to be a muse and evoke and inspire great creativity and achievements in man. 'Gaja Gamini' is the inspiration behind Leonardo Da Vinci's (Naseeruddin Shah) 'Mona Lisa', Kalidas' poem "Shakuntala", and a photojournalist named Shahrukh's (Shah Rukh Khan) photographs. The mysterious "Gaja Gamini" appears as four characters, one of them being Sangeeta, a blind girl from Banaras at the beginning of time, who inspires village women (Farida Jalal, Shilpa Shirodkar, and Shabana Aazmi) to revolt against a male-dominated system and carve a niche for women forever. Another character is Shakuntala, who is the subject of Kalidas' poem of the same name. Shakuntala incites jealousy in the women and love in the men around her, charming humans and animals alike in the forests of Kerala. "Gaja Gamini" is also Mona Lisa during the Renaissance, the object of painter Leonardo Da Vinci's obsession. Finally, Monika, the most complex and abstract character in the movie, is supposed to represent the woman of the New Millennium. Kamdev, the God of Love (Inder Kumar), walks the earth throughout history, attempting to win the love of "Gaja Gamini". Thrown into this mix is a large black wall, separating two different time periods, and confrontations between Science (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Art (Mohan Agashe) at different points in history, showing that the world itself can change, but its original ideas will always be the same. The confrontations between Art and Science also bring about the idea that while Science is firmly set on believing that which can only be proved, the basis for Art is that which can be proved, and an intuitive sense that can be felt. Science uses the brain, while Art uses the brain and the heart. 'Gaja Gamini' is an artistic movie that delves into many timeless and deep concepts that influence the lives and actions of humanity at its very core.

Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan

Crew: MF Hussain (Director), Ashok Mehta (Director of Photography), Bhupen Hazarika (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Release Dates: 01 Dec 2000 (India)

Hindi Name: गज गामिनी

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as Gaja Gamini / Sangita / Shakuntala / Monika / Mona Lisa
as Shahrukh
as Scientist
as Noorbibi
as Kamdev
as Abhisarika
as Kalidasa
as Leonardo da Vinci
as Phulvania
as Nawab Begum
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as Premchand's Nirmala
as Sindhu
as Raj Mata
Supporting Actress
as Baby Tanvi
as Tansen

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Saregama India Limited
01 
04:54
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Lyricist: Maya Govind
Playback Singer: Bhupen Hazarika
02 
06:51
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Lyricist: Maya Govind
Playback Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy
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06:07
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Lyricist: Maya Govind
Playback Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy
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01:13
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Playback Singer: Suman Devgan
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01:05
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Playback Singer: Suman Devgan
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05:22
07 
03:25
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Lyricist: Maya Govind
Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan
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02:59
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10:48
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Lyricist: MF Hussain
Playback Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy
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02:07
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Lyricist: MF Hussain
Playback Singer: MF Hussain