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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Only film of two megastars Kamal Hassan and Shahrukh Khan. See more »

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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

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: See mister Uppili, your son in law is also a mahatma!
Saketh Ram: No, I am not!
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Most mahatmas don't admit they are one. Do you think I am a mahatma?
Saketh Ram: You will deny it if I say you are, So I shall deny you another denial sir.
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What a movie !!
29 December 2006 | by smadhumithaSee all my reviews

A truly amazing experience.....One cannot explain the kind of feeling that creeps into your heart at the end of this movie...its a hard-hitting mixture of reality with a very interesting element of fiction thrown in.....every aspect of the movie was breath-taking...the music by the Maestro Ilayaraaja..especially the songs...Nee partha, Isayil thodanguthamma and hey ram.....The BGM completely gels with the movie ..... Coming to the acting, I personally feel this is one of the best movies of almost every actor in the movie..Kamal is his usual splendid self....Watch him become the happy lover, the broken human being, the idealist and finally the old man with wrinkles of experience...the idea of having used colour in the past and b/w in the present is definitely a great concept.....Other than Kamal Haasan, Atul Kulkarni and Rani Mukherjee have given mind-blowing performances....Kulkarni is an incredibly talented actor and one can see the emotion in his eyes that speak most of his dialogues in the movie...Rani mukherjee is the perfect fit for her role of a Bengali teacher and has given a wonderful performance......The movie comes as a kind of rebel in the usual masala Indian movies genre and is a must watch for anyone interested in gaining a wholesome experience....Another feather on India cinema's cap.....


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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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