20th Bradford International Film Festival

BIFF 2014 - 27 March-06 April

In partnership with Virgin Media

Mother India (U)

Director:Mehboob Khan
Country:India
Year:1957
Length:175 mins plus intermission
Language:Hindi with subtitles
Format:35mm
Cast:Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar
Certificate:
Part of:Happy Birthday, Indian Cinema!

Screening with:

+ Etude (adv. PG)

This film screens as part of our tribute to sixpackfilm.

The cornerstone of Indian commercial cinema. Almost constantly in distribution in India since 1957, this remarkable film is a powerful emotional journey through the tragedy and joy of rural life in a country in transition. 1950’s Bollywood queen Nargis stars as Radha, the quintessential earth-mother standing knee-deep in fertile soil, imploring the villagers not to abandon their land. After her husband is maimed in a horrific accident, Radha raises her children alone under threat of financial ruin and sexual advances from a moneylender. Years pass and one son becomes committed to vengeance. Radha, caught between her son and the honour of her community, is faced with the most painful decision of any mother’s life. Bring three or four hankies!

Film source: bfi