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Mother India Reviews

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Put it this way, it's the birth of the Bollywood blockbuster. It should be on every cineaste's must-see list.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

March 18, 2013

Total Film

Mother India is quintessential popular Hindi cinema.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2013
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 18, 2013
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006


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.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The most popular film in Indian history -- it's said to have been playing somewhere in the country every day since its release.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 22, 2002
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Often said to have helped set the pattern for the nearly 50 years of Indian film that has followed it.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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An outrageous masala of apparently discordant elements.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 20, 2002
George Wu

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

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August 16, 2002
Sandi Chaitram

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2002
Peter Bradshaw

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

Full Review Source: Guardian

August 15, 2002
Phil Hall
Film Threat

The only thing this ponderous Bollywood epic could inspire is matricide.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1/5

August 14, 2002
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