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Hey Ram (2000)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | 18 February 2000 (India)
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Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

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Kamal Haasan

Writers:

H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Kamal Haasan | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Saketh Ram
Shah Rukh Khan ... Amjad Ali Khan
Rani Mukerji ... Aparna Ram
Hema Malini ... Ambujam Iyengar
Girish Karnad ... Uppilli Iyengar
Naseeruddin Shah ... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Om Puri ... Goel
Vikram Gokhale ... Maharaja
Saurabh Shukla ... Manohar Lalwani
Nassar ... Police Officer (as Nasser)
Abbas ... Saketh Ram's Grandson
Atul Kulkarni ... Shriram Abhyankar
Showkar Janaki ... Mythili's Grandmother (as Sowcar Janaki)
Iravati Harshe ... Nafisa (as Iravathi Harshe)
Vasundhara Das ... Mythili Iyengar (as Vasundhra Das)
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Storyline

The film starts with Saketh Ram as a very old man and almost immediately goes into flashback. As a young man he is among his friends, in conviviality. He has taken a Bengali wife, Aparna, and everything is wonderful in his life, However the year is 1946, and the imminent independence of India from British suzerainty is complicated by religious antagonism between the Hindu majority and the large Muslim minority, who demand their own independent state. Saketh and Aparna visit Calcutta; rioting is reported, but Saketh goes out to get some food, and he soon encounters a Hindu woman being chased by Muslim rioters. He rescues her, but the rioters later come to his house, and brutally rape and then kill his wife. Saketh is devastated and takes to the streets, determined personally to kill as many Muslims as he can find. He meets up with Sriram Abhiyankar, who is leading a group of Hindu extremists, and Saketh becomes temporarily taken with the cause himself. At the same time, he is persuaded... Written by Hazel Freeman

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An experiment with truth.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

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Trivia

Kamal Hassan had offered Mythili Iyengar's role to Kareena Kapoor. It was revealed by one of the senior journalist in 2008 in leading daily. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where the car stops at a railway gate, Kamal's watch goes missing in one of the shots and in the next shot he has a watch. See more »

Quotes

Mythili Iyengar: Is there something on your mind that you're hiding from me?
Saketh Ram: Yes. No. Maybe.
Mythili Iyengar: That's a pity. Gandhi ji says hiding anything from others is a big sin.
Saketh Ram: Hmmm... Then this blouse of yours is a big sinner.
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This certainly isn't a no-brainer
28 February 2005 | by vkarthik_leoSee all my reviews

This is certainly not for those who like to see brainless junk in the form of a movie. It has a class of its own, and requires equally classy audience. You wont find it interesting if you are used to the regular kind of movies.

Kamal Haasan has worked hard in selecting the crew. Each important character that appears in the movie, speaks his/her own language, in their native accent. Example, Rani appears as a Bengali, Shahrukh Khan as a proper 'Khan'.

One small trouble with this movie is the number of languages used - which perhaps results in a slight lack of integrity.

Musical score by Ilayaraja is excellent.


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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Hey Ram - Augenblicke der Zärtlichkeit See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,402, 21 February 2000

Gross USA:

$274,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,675
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