Ram Teri Ganga Maili

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Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Ram-teri-ganga-maili.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raj Kapoor
Produced by Raj Kapoor
Written by Raj Kapoor
V. P. Sathe
K. K. Singh
Jyoti Swaroop
Starring Rajiv Kapoor
Mandakini
Divya Rana
Saeed Jaffrey
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Yash Pandit
Music by Ravindra Jain
Cinematography Radhu Karmakar
Edited by Raj Kapoor
Release date(s) 25 July 1985
Running time 178 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Ram Teri Ganga Maili (literally translated into English as "Ram, your Ganges is polluted") is a 1985 Bollywood film directed by actor-director Raj Kapoor. The movie stars Mandakini and Rajiv Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor. It was Raj Kapoor's last film. The film became a "Blockbuster" at the box office and went on to be the highest grossing Hindi film of 1985.[citation needed] The music director Ravindra Jain received a Filmfare Award for this film. The storyline of the film is somewhat similar to Pakeezah. The film became very controversial because of Mandakini's bold scenes of breastfeeding and bathing in a transparent saree without undergarments.

Plot[edit]

Ganga lives in Gangotri with her brother, Karam. One day she comes to the assistance of a young man, Narendra Sahay, who has come with a group of Calcutta-based college students to study the source of the holy river Ganga, and to get some holy water for his wheelchair-bound paternal grandmother. Both are attracted to each other, and on the next Puran Mashi get married, and spend the night together. Narendra leaves, but promises Ganga that he will be back soon. Months go by, but he does not return. She gives birth to a son, and as soon as she is able to, she starts her journey to Alipor, Calcutta, to confront Narendra and ensure a better future for their son. At Rishikesh she is exploited by two women and a man from whom she escapes and takes shelter in a crematorium. Then at Banaras, she is molested by a Pandit, rescued by the police and given a ticket to Calcutta. When she alights en route to get water for her baby, the train leaves, and she falls into the clutches of Manilal who feigns blindness and lures her to a brothel near Banaras, where she is forced to stay so that she can provide for her son. It is here that she is introduced to powerful politician, Bhagwat Choudhary, who pays a hefty sum and asks Manilal to bring Ganga to Calcutta where he intends to keep her as his and Jeeva Sahay's mistress. What Ganga does not know is that Bhagwat's daughter, Radha, is Narendra's bride-to-be; that Jeeva is none other than Narendra's father, and that soon she will be asked to dance at his wedding reception.

Cast[edit]

Cultural allusions[edit]

According to Philip Lutgendorf,[1] the movie is an allegory that "synthesizes classical and mythic narrative, soft-core political and social commentary (here condemning the corruption of politicians and capitalists and championing the nascent environmental initiatives of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi). The narrative recapitulates the Abhijñānaśākuntalam story that first appeared in the epic Mahabharata and then was reworked, some six hundred years later, by the poet Kalidasa."

Awards[edit]

The film won five Filmfare Awards.

Songs[edit]

Audio: HMV, Music and Lyrics: Ravindra Jain, except 5 and 9

  1. 1. "Ek Dukhiyari Kahe" - Lata Mangeshkar
  2. 2. "Ek Radha Ek Meera" - Lata Mangeshkar
  3. 3. "Husn Pahadon Ka" - Lata Mangeshkar; Suresh Wadkar
  4. 4. "Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayee - Part 1" - Suresh Wadkar
  5. 5. "Sun Sahiba Sun" - Lata Mangeshkar Lyric: Hasrat Jaipuri
  6. 6. "Tujhe Bulayen Yeh Meri Bahen" - Lata Mangeshkar
  7. 7. "Yaara O Yaara" - Lata Mangeshkar; Suresh Wadkar
  8. 8. "Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayee - Part 2" - Suresh Wadkar
  9. 9. "Main Hi Main Hoon -Suresh Wadkar Lyric: Amir Qazalbash

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Lutgendorf. "Ram teri Ganga Maili". University of Iowa, South Asian Studies Program. Retrieved 19 Dec 2011. 
  2. ^ "Best Editor Award". Official Listings, Indiatimes. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 

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