Mother India (1957)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 54 mins

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Radha (Nargis), now an old woman, remembers her past: her married life with two sons in a village. The family have to work extremely hard to pay off the avaricious moneylender, Sukhilala (Kanhaiyalal) and her husband (Raaj Kumar), having lost both arms in an accident, leaves her. Alone, she has to raise the children while fending off the financial as well as sexual pressures from Sukhilala. One son dies in a flood and in later years her son Birju (Dutt, Nargis’s later husband) becomes a rebel committed to direct, violent action, while the other one, Ramu (Rajendra Kumar), remains a dutiful son. In the end, the long-suffering Mother India can only put an end to her rebellious son’s activities by killing him, as his blood fertilises the soil.
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Cast: Nargis Dutt, Sunil Dutt

Crew: Mehboob Khan (Director), Faredoon Irani (Director of Photography), Naushad Ali (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical

Release Dates: 14 Feb 1957 (India)

Hindi Name: मदर इंडिया

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Reference: Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (Hindi)
Referenced in: Happy New Year (Hindi)
This film is a remake of filmmaker Mehboob Khan's earlier movie Aurat (1940).

The film's title was chosen to counter American author Katherine Mayo's 1927 polemical book Mother India, which vilified Indian culture.

This was the first Indian film to be nominated for an Oscar. It was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.

This was the most expensive Indian film at the time of its creation.