Mother India (1957)

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Mother India is a 1957 Bollywood movie directed by Mehboob Khan, nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1957.The film is a remake of Mehboob Khan’s earlier film Aurat (1940).In 2005, Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films..

Cast: Sunil Dutt, Nargis, Rajendra Kumar

Radha belongs to a poor farmer’s family. She gets married to Shyamu, also a farmer, and both begin their lives in harmony. Shyamu’s mom borrows money from a local money-lender, Sukhilal, and agrees to provide him with three fourths of the farm produce in lieu of money, to which Sukhilal agrees to, and asks her to sign a document to this effect, which she does so, not knowing that she is signing away her farm produce, as well as her mortgaging her property. Unable to bear this unpleasantness, Shyamu disappears, leaving Radha alone to bring up two sons, Ramu and Birju.

While Ramu is dependable and devoted to his mom, Birju is arrogant, and crass. Birju is against Sukhilal, and would like him to turn the family’s land over to them, but Sukhilal won’t. Birju attacks Sukhilal, and as a result is discommunicated from his village, and turns into a bandit, bent on vengeance against the deceptive Sukhilal, much to the sorrow and dismay of his mother and brother. While Radha is hopeful that her love will make Birju mend his ways, Birju on the other hand is planning something quite the opposite.

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