Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 6 mins

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Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, devout Hindu, religious, and compassionate woman, and Brati has finished his school and is now attending college. His parents are proud of him, and keep track of his progress. Then their world is shattered during the early hours, when they are informed by the police that Brati has been killed. Dibyanath and Sujata go to identify Brati's body, mourn, lament inconsolably. They know now that their lives will never be the same again - for by the police they will be called the mother and father corpse No. 1084. Sujata struggles to understand Brati's passing, meets his friends one by one, comes to know that Brati had a girlfriend, Nandini Mitra, and that's when she finds out that Brati was part of a rebel group often referred to as "Naxalbari", a militant leftist group. As she delves deeper and deeper into Brati's former life, she begins to understand her son's struggle, and decides to continue to further this. What Sujata does not know is her and Dibyanath's lives are in danger, and they well turn up dead and end up as numbered corpses in a police morgue.

Cast: Anupam Kher, Jaya Bachchan, Joy Sengupta, Nandita Das

Crew: Govind Nihalani (Director), Govind Nihalani (Director of Photography), Debajyoti Mishra (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1998 (India)

Hindi Name: हज़ार चौरासी की माँ

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Did you know? The film is based on Mahasweta Devi's 1974 Bengali novel Hajar Churashir Maa. Read More
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The film is based on Mahasweta Devi's 1974 Bengali novel Hajar Churashir Maa.