Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hazaar Chaurasia Ki Maa Anupama
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa - DVD Cover.jpg
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa DVD cover
Directed by Govind Nihalani
Produced by Manmohan Shetty, Govind Nihalani
Written by Mahasweta Devi (novel)
Govind Nihalani (screenplay)
Tripurari Sharma (dialogues)
Starring Jaya Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Joy Sengupta, Nandita Das, Seema Biswas, Milind Gunaji, Aditya Srivastava
Music by Debjyoti Mishra
Cinematography Govind Nihalani
Edited by Deepa Bhatia
Release date(s) March 20, 1998 (India)
Running time 152 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) (Hindi: हज़ार चौरासी की माँ; English: The Mother of 1084) is an Indian feature film that deals with the life of a woman who loses her son, a Naxalite, to the violence that is a result of his adopted ideology.

The film is directed by Govind Nihalani and is based on Magsaysay and Jnanpith award recipient Mahasweta Devi's Bengali novel Hajar Churashir Maa. The screenplay is written by Nihalani and the dialogues by Tripurari Sharma. The film stars Jaya Bachchan as Sujata Chatterjee, Anupam Kher as Dibyanath Chatterjee, Milind Gunaji as Inspector Saroj Pal, Seema Biswas as Somu's mother, Joy Sengupta as Brati Chatterjee and Nandita Das as Nandini Mitra. It marks Jaya Bachchan's return to acting after a gap of 18 years.

In 1998, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Cast of characters[edit]

Plot[edit]

Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and youngest son, Brati, live an affluent 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 of 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.

External links[edit]