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Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 September 2008 (India)
An educated man spends his days writing letters for the varied inhabitants of his small, poor, and illiterate village, in this political and social satire.

Director:

Shyam Benegal

Writers:

Ashok Mishra (screenplay and dialogue), Shyam Benegal (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shreyas Talpade ... Mahadev
Amrita Rao ... Kamala
Ravi Kishan ... Ramkumar
Ila Arun ... Ramsakhi Pannawali
Rajeshwari Sachdev ... Shobharani (as Rajeshwari Sachdev Badola)
Divya Dutta ... Vindhya
Yashpal Sharma ... Ramsingh
Ravi Jhankal ... Munnibai Mukhanni
Lalit Mohan Tiwari ... Subedar Singh
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... Ramavtar (as Vallabh Vyas)
Masood Akhtar ... Postman
Daya Shankar Pandey ... Chidamiram Sapera (as Dayasankar Paandey)
Satish Sharma ... Publisher
Mangala Kenkre ... Mahadev's mother (as Mangal Kenkre)
Vinita Malik ... Kamala's mother-in-law (as Vineeta Malik)
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Storyline

It was Jawaharlal Nehru who changed the name of a small town, Durjanpur, to Sajjanpur, and that was about all the change that had occurred there since then. The town still lacks adequate infrastructure, no safe drinking water; in a 24 hour period, electricity is out for almost 23 hours, and most people, even though they own mobile phones, cannot speak or write English. One of the residents, who does speak and write English fluently, Mahadev Kuswah, lives with his mother, and both run a small fresh vegetable store after his dad abandoned them when he was very young. He has since obtained a degree from Satna University, and assists residents with written correspondence for a fee. Amongst his clients are Man Singh - who wants his homicidal wife to stand for the Municipal elections; a eunuch, Munnibai Mukhrani, who also to stands for elections; a snake charmer who is trying to make a living with fake snakes and is trying to locate his father; Ram Kumar, who is in love with a widow, Shobha... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Plot Keywords:

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Box Office

Budget:

INR55,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,301,431
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Original title of the film was "Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur". See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, Mahadev is seen as brushing his teeth. Yet he was clean-shaven, a bit too clean-shaven for the time of the day and the village locale. He appears so, during most of the movie. See more »

Connections

Features Saajan (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Dildara Dildara Sine Mein
Written by Ashok Mishra
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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9 October 2008 | by sharit_sinhaSee all my reviews

Oh, what a movie! I just finished watching it and I cant think anything bad about this movie. Actors, location, script, music and .... the tremendously talented director.

I cannot imagine how did Shyam Benegal turned such a simple rural story into such a entertaining masterpiece! Yeah, I have not watched much of his movies, which is kind of a sin, I know. But, now that I have seen this, I will surely watch all the others.

The story is about a mostly illiterate village, where our hero Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade) is an educated but unestablished person, who writes and reads letters for people. In this strange occupation, he meets several dimensional persons, such as a superstitious mother of an unmarried girl, an illiterate but benevolent politician, a do-gooder eunuch, a love-struck compounder and the most desired: his childhood crush who is waiting for her husband to come from Mumbai.

Mr Benegal skillfully displayed all of the grayish characters throughout the movie, including our hero. Though the main theme is comedy, the film slowly starts touching into your spines by resembling any of our lives, any normal Indian's life.

I could have gone describing the complete story, but I would really like you guys to go and watch the movie yourself, its like a fantasy story revealing itself slowly to be as normal as any other normal human being.

Kudos, Shyam Benegal.


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