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Indian (1996)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 9 May 1996 (India)
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A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

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S. Shankar

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S. Shankar (screenplay), S. Shankar (story) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Senapathy / Chandra Bose
Sukanya ... Amrithavalli
Manisha Koirala ... Ishwarya
Urmila Matondkar ... Sapna
Nedumudi Venu ... Krishnaswamy
Goundamani ... Subbaiah
Kasturi Kasturi ... Kasthoori (Senapathy's Daughter)
Aruna Irani ... Gulabo Ram. Khilawan
Crazy Mohan ... Parthasarathy
Aachi Manorama ... (as Manorama)
Senthil ... Pannerselvam
Ajay Ratnam Ajay Ratnam
Nizhalgal Ravi
Bala Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Lever ... Parthasarathy (Hindi) (voice)
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Storyline

Circa the British rule in India, a man named Senapathy decides to rebel against the British in a violent way, learns a rare martial art that enables him to kill with his bare hands, and travels to Singapore, joins the Indian Liberation Army formed by renowned Subhash Chandra Bose, is one of the soldier's to engage the British into war. He subsequently joins a death squad in order to destroy British tanks. While all of the others succeed in carrying out their mission, Senapathy is captured, jailed, beaten, and mercilessly tortured by the British. Upon his release, he is looked after by a woman named Namrata, whose honor he had saved from the British - who had captured two truckloads of women protesters, burned their clothing, and forced them to commit suicide. Namrata and Senapathy marry, India gains independence, and they soon have two children - Chandrabose and Kasthoori. Years later Chandra quarrels with his honest and straight-laced father, leaves home, so that he can earn enough ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The Biggest Indian Film Ever Made...

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi | Telugu

Release Date:

9 May 1996 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Bharateeyudu See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Budget:

INR180,000,000 (estimated)
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DTS

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2.35 : 1
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Raadhika play the pair of the older Kamal Haasan in the film, but her television commitments meant that she was unable to sign a contract. Urvashi's sister subsequently replaced her, only for Shankar to throw her out for missing a day's schedule to attend her wedding. The role was finally handed to Sukanya. See more »

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Pachai Kiligal
Written by: Vairamuthu
Produced by: A.R. Rahman
Performed by: K.J. Yesudas
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Shankar's Churns Another Garbage, This Time It's A Patriotic Vigilant Crock
31 October 2010 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

S. Shankar has a reputation for churning out expensive trash. I couldn't help but crack up when I heard that 'Indian' was India's entry to the Oscars. Not that I hold the Oscars as one of the most esteemed awards but they are classy and the idea that someone would even think of submitting what looks like a B-grade product is beyond laughable. 'Indian' is pretty much just another patriotic vigilant film. Kamal Hassan assumes a dual role. He's stiff as the aged patriot Senapathy who wears the same monotonous facial expression throughout the entire film and as Chandra who hops around like a caricature. Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar do not have much screen time but they shine in their few scenes. Matondkar provides some great comic relief. Sukanya is competent. A.R. Rahman's music is very pleasant to the ears. The lyrics may be weird but they're catchy. Obviously the film hasn't dated well in the technical aspect. The special effects are very poor and the cinematography is flat. Anyway, other than A.R. Rahman's music, 'Indian' doesn't have much to offer. S. Shankar needs to learn that a script comes first where filmmaking is concerned.


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