Years ago, a popular TV series MALGUDI DAYS left an indelible impression on the minds of viewers.Now Shyam Benegal’s WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR takes you back to a hamlet that has its share of assorted characters: a letter writer, a power-hungry goon, a eunuch, a short tempered army man and his widowed daughter-in-law, a compounder, a house wife who’s husband, working in Mumbai, hasn’t showed up for four Diwalisâ€¦These are characters you’ve seen, witnessed, might even relate to.
Cast: Amrita Rao, Shreyas Talpade, Divya Dutta
‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’ revolves around Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade) is a wannabe novelist and is among the more literate, educated folks in Sajjanpur, a village in North India.Not inclined towards menial jobs like running his family vegetable shop, Mahadev opts for a more interesting career choice: Writing letters for the village-folk, most of who are illiterate, and others who are unable to express their feelings in writing as well as Mahadev can.
So, a village goon (Yashpal Sharma), who is supporting his under-trial wife to win the panchayat elections, strong-arms Mahadev into writing to the village collector and falsely implicating the opposition candidate to have a link with Pakistan’s ISI. A village majnu (Ravi Kishan) is in love with a widow, and coaxes Mahadev to write a love letter in which majnu can express his feelings to her.
A eunuch, who eventually fights the elections against the goon, forces Mahadev to write a song that the eunuch can use as a slogan to win the elections. Among other such village bumpkins is Kamala (Amrita Rao), whose husband Banshi has left to earn a buck in Mumbai four years ago, soon after the wedding, and hasn’t returned since then. Mahadev falls in love with Kamala and starts manipulating the letters to ensure that Kamala and Banshi never meet again.