Mother India

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Movie Info

The wedding of Radha (Nargis) and Shamu (Rajendra Kumar) is at hand, but the loan they take out to pay for the ceremony ends up leading to their ruin. Unable to pay the mounting interest rates, the couple is forced to give up three quarters of their crop to the moneylenders. Shamu works the fields in an attempt to alleviate their poverty, but a loose boulder crushes his arm, rendering him incapable of work and humiliated at his sudden inability to provide for his family.

Cast & Crew

Nargis
Radha
Mukri
Shambu
Raaj Kumar
Shamu, Radha's husband
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi
Sukhilala Lala, a cunning money-lender
Jilloo Maa
Sundar-Chachi, the mother-in-law of Radha
Wajahat Mirza
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S. Ali Raza
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Critic Reviews for Mother India

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (1)

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Often said to have helped set the pattern for the nearly 50 years of Indian film that has followed it.

    August 22, 2002
  • An outrageous masala of apparently discordant elements.

    August 20, 2002
  • 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…
  • A gem made in the 'Golden Age' of Indian cinema.

    August 15, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Sandi Chaitram

    BBC.com
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Audience Reviews for Mother India

  • Apr 22, 2010
    This is good.. really good.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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