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  • Actors: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi
  • Directors: Mehboob Khan
  • Writers: S. Ali Raza, Wajahat Mirza
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eros
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008IAJR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mother India" on IMDb

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Customer Reviews

I absolutley LOVE this movie!
Vantos
The melodrama depicting the sad life of exploited small time farmer in rural India was sad.
Vinod K Puri
Could not understand a word of the dialogue.
Samuel J. Duplessis

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
Format: DVD
Radha (Nargis) now an old woman remembers her past. She remembers her married life. The family has to work extremely hard to pay off the moneylender Sukhilala (Kanhaiyalal). Her husband (Raj Kumar) loses both his arms in an accident and feeling useless abandons the family. Alone, Radha has to raise her children while fending off financial as well as sexual pressures from Sukhilala. One son dies in a flood, and in later years one son Ramu (Rajendra Kumar) grows to be a dutiful son while the other Birju (Sunil Dutt) becomes a rebel committed to direct, violent action. Finally to preserve the honour of the village, Radha puts an end to Birju's rebellious activities by shooting him down.
Mother India is the ultimate tribute to Indian Womanhood! This epic saga of the sufferings of an Indian peasant woman has an inherent and perennial appeal, being typical of the Indian situation. So tremendous was its success that the film is in fact a reference point in the long-suffering mother genre and is like an Indian Gone With the Wind (1939).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By djonn on May 20, 2006
Format: DVD
A while ago, I got rid of my VCR and put in a DVD player in my computer. I re-purchased almost all the films I had in DVD format.

This movie is one of the great classics of world cinema and is a must view. Why am I rating it only 3 stars? The DVD transfer is AWFUL. I sorely regret having given away my VHS copy; it was much better.

Buy the VHS.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on October 6, 2005
Format: DVD
It's kind of like GONE WITH THE WIND, and it's sort of like THE GOOD EARTH, and even a bit like EAST OF EDEN, but really MOTHER INDIA is its own thing, one of the loci classici of so-called "Bollywood."

The young screen star Radha Mitchell (PITCH BLACK, NEVERLAND, MELINDA AND MELINDA) was named after the longsuffering heroine, Radha in this movie, as Scarlett Johanson was similarly named after the heroine of GONE WITH THE WIND. Perhaps that's why Woody Allen was attracted to them both and employed them in recent films. He was reaching back into old epic roots and didn't even know it.

Radha is a young maiden in India whose mother entangles her into a scheme whereby a local moneylender would pay for the cost of her wedding, but in the process, like Shylock, he comes to "own" the whole family and causes them pain for generations to come. The mother is not a simpleton, more like a Lillian Gish type, and besides, we get the picture that this is just how things were done back then, and that dowries and fancy weddings were everything to these people. The action switches to the birth and development of Radha's two little boys, Ramu and Birju, who grow and mature during the film, and struggle against the age-old curse of the moneylender, who nows owns everything (like the carpetbaggers in GONE WITH THE WIND).

The only thing that you've ever seen in Western cinema to compare it to fairly would be Michael Powell's GONE TO EARTH with Jennifer Jones (sometimes called THE WILD HEART). Jennifer Jones, perhaps Susan Hayward, is the only Hollywood star with emotional power enough to have conveyed, maybe, Radha's metonymic attachment to land and family. Alas she never got a chance to perform in the cinema of Bombay! It's all about melodrama, music, dance, spectacle, heart and something else, something that can't be pinned down. Recommended with a plus sign, and two such signs should you ever have had a mother or a country.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on February 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Haunting film and painful portrait of Indian in those fifties. Ferocious critique of the caste's system that rules the life of Indian people through the traps employed by a swindler band to cheat illiterate persons.

A brave film made with honesty, courage and honour, nominated as Best Foreign Film in 1957.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin M. Copenspire on August 17, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A really beautiful indian musical.

I only wish there had been subtitles during the music, other than that, I loved it :D
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The classic Mother India was a remake of Aurat also made by director Mehboob. Yet the movie cast brilliantly with Nargis, new comer Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Rajinder Kumar. That Nargis was only twenty eight years old when she acted as the mother of grown up sons Birju ( Sunil Dutt) and Rajinder Kumar is astonishing. The melodrama depicting the sad life of exploited small time farmer in rural India was sad. Raaj Kumar's portrayal of Nargis' husband presented a new style of acting, dignified, restrained and tragic. His resonant voice was an effective instrument which he used in so many later films. Color photography, music, acting and dialogues were all of a very high calibre at the time( late fifties). That Nargis later married Sunil Dutt surprised many movie fans in India. But she remained steadfast in the marriage was in character of this great actress who died young.
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By Nora M Qudus on March 15, 2014
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Nargis is wonderful in this movie. It shows the hope and loss in a life. What is also shows is life is not better for the villagers in India now as it was then. The hope shown is hope lost in today's reality. However for any movies buff who watches the 1940s US movies we are a lost people too. So much potential for both our countries that to see these movies and see the now reality we are much closer to the reality of " Brazil" ( the movie) than any hopeful future shown in this movie. It is well worth watching and we all know the plight of Women in India is no better today. Just as here only a few rich women get the dream.
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