Mother India Reviews

  • Feb 27, 2020

    One of the most popular movies ever made in India, on top of that a critics darling, people use to watch it every month

    One of the most popular movies ever made in India, on top of that a critics darling, people use to watch it every month

  • Dec 26, 2018

    I did not understand most of this movie as the subtitles did not work and when they did they barely made sense. It's also very depressing. Not the best Bollywood movie even if the subtitles did work, very weird movie too. Did not care for this.

    I did not understand most of this movie as the subtitles did not work and when they did they barely made sense. It's also very depressing. Not the best Bollywood movie even if the subtitles did work, very weird movie too. Did not care for this.

  • Oct 10, 2017

    A beautiful bride becomes a mother of mythological strength while under the weight of debt, of strife, of abandonment, of death, of life, all while being a pillar of honour to her children and to her village. This 3hr tragic Bollywood melodrama is truly an experience.

    A beautiful bride becomes a mother of mythological strength while under the weight of debt, of strife, of abandonment, of death, of life, all while being a pillar of honour to her children and to her village. This 3hr tragic Bollywood melodrama is truly an experience.

  • May 22, 2016

    Mother India is the garishly flamboyant Technicolor Communist counterpoint to the Apu Trilogy. Although it is basically a Communist propaganda poster come to life, it is thoroughly engrossing and entertaining.

    Mother India is the garishly flamboyant Technicolor Communist counterpoint to the Apu Trilogy. Although it is basically a Communist propaganda poster come to life, it is thoroughly engrossing and entertaining.

  • Mar 19, 2015

    Long and often disjointed but also entertaining.

    Long and often disjointed but also entertaining.

  • Dec 11, 2013

    Undoubtedly, a magnum opus it is! I simply loved Nargis in this film, and the character she portrayed of an Indian mother is one of the most amazing piece of craft ever.

    Undoubtedly, a magnum opus it is! I simply loved Nargis in this film, and the character she portrayed of an Indian mother is one of the most amazing piece of craft ever.

  • Oct 11, 2013

    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. a technicolor spectacular

    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. a technicolor spectacular

  • Sep 18, 2013

    An epic story of hardship and single-parent struggle. It's way too long and there's too many times when little is going on to capture the imagination, but at times when the plot is moving forward there's some good moments.

    An epic story of hardship and single-parent struggle. It's way too long and there's too many times when little is going on to capture the imagination, but at times when the plot is moving forward there's some good moments.

  • Oct 02, 2012

    Mehboob Khan's epic tells a dynamic presentation of post-independence, post-colonial issues of India. With stellar and memorable performances by Nargis, Raaj Kumar, and Sunil Dutt, "Mother India" is a Bollywood zeitgeist that can be looked back on as a reminder of exceptional filmmaking and the predestined strives of life - and especially those of a "mother."

    Mehboob Khan's epic tells a dynamic presentation of post-independence, post-colonial issues of India. With stellar and memorable performances by Nargis, Raaj Kumar, and Sunil Dutt, "Mother India" is a Bollywood zeitgeist that can be looked back on as a reminder of exceptional filmmaking and the predestined strives of life - and especially those of a "mother."

  • Jun 21, 2012

    If one can get past the initial incredibly depressing 45 minutes, one is in for a truly satisfying tale of family values, right vs. wrong, and nationalistic symbolism. Nargis is a powerhouse in 'Mother India,' and catapults it into the upper levels of Bollywood fame. This is one of the better paced Hindi films I've seen --- I actually wish the last half hour of the film could have been extended and thought it felt a bit rushed. One really feels the raw emotion coming from characters and the script while managing to forgo the melodrama that carries (or plagues, depending on who you ask) most Bollywood epics. And the climax? 'Mother India's ending simply has to be seen to be believed.

    If one can get past the initial incredibly depressing 45 minutes, one is in for a truly satisfying tale of family values, right vs. wrong, and nationalistic symbolism. Nargis is a powerhouse in 'Mother India,' and catapults it into the upper levels of Bollywood fame. This is one of the better paced Hindi films I've seen --- I actually wish the last half hour of the film could have been extended and thought it felt a bit rushed. One really feels the raw emotion coming from characters and the script while managing to forgo the melodrama that carries (or plagues, depending on who you ask) most Bollywood epics. And the climax? 'Mother India's ending simply has to be seen to be believed.