Mother India

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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, even inspiring her neighbors to shed their own selfishness. What was once a wholly personal drama has been expanded to near-mythical dimensions. The ending, however, is still tragic, with the long-suffering heroine being forced to kill one of her own offspring to uphold the family's honor. Enormously popular in its native India, Bharat Mata remained in constant reissue throughout the next four decades. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Mother India

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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 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Mother India is quintessential popular Hindi cinema.

    March 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    Total Film
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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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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  • Apr 22, 2010
    This is good.. really good.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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