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Mother India

Mother India (1957)

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Bharat Mata (Mother India) was Indian filmmaker Mehboob Khan's remake of his own 1940 film Aurat (Woman). The intervening years had somewhat altered Mehboob's attitudes towards his characters and their surroundings. In the original Aurat, an Indian mother (Sardar Akhtar) suffers monumentally on behalf of her two sons, much to the disinterest of the rural community where she lives. In the remake, the mother (now played by Nargis) likewise suffers, but her plight now affects her entire village,

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Feb 25, 2003

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As the mother, Nargis is as resolute as a force of nature, and Mehboob Khan creates tableaux of the family that evoke its fragile unity.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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True, there are dull spots and the overripe supporting cast pale beside Nargis' 'force of nature' central performance, but overall it's a wallowy treat.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Often said to have helped set the pattern for the nearly 50 years of Indian film that has followed it.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An outrageous masala of apparently discordant elements.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Put it this way, it's the birth of the Bollywood blockbuster. It should be on every cineaste's must-see list.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Mother India is quintessential popular Hindi cinema.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The first great Bollywood blockbuster, Mother India (Bharat Mata) a purposefully melodramatic musical, liberally laced with action, wit, humour and also a strongly socialist strain.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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The most popular film in Indian history -- it's said to have been playing somewhere in the country every day since its release.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Throughout Mother India, [Mehboob] presents the landscape, the crops, the herds of livestock practically as characters in themselves.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A gem made in the 'Golden Age' of Indian cinema.

August 15, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

This looks a bit creaky now, but it's a big, entertaining work, with echoes of The Good Earth and Gone With the Wind.

August 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian
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The only thing this ponderous Bollywood epic could inspire is matricide.

August 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (2)
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