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MOTHERLAND

Suprava, in her 60s, is a highly respected social activist who keeps declining her son's invitation to go and stay with him in the US. Ultimately, she agrees to go but then fate intervenes...

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 16:53 IST
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MOTHERLAND
Original Title:
Desh
India, 2003
Director: Raja Sen

Suprava is a woman in her 60s. She is a highly respected social activist who, as a young girl, had taken part in the struggle for India’s independence. Her only son Anjan, who has settled in the US, regularly pesters her to come and stay with him and his family, but Suprava declines, arguing that she has too much work with her organisation.

This time, however, he persuades her, and they decide to go to the US after his return from Bangalore. It is during his absence that things take a sharp turn. While coming home from a function, she sees a young woman running towards her speeding car, crying for help.

She is followed by two men. Suprava picks her up and drives away. The men give chase and even fire at the car. From that moment on, Suprava finds herself entangled in a murky affair whose tentacles reach out to arms smuggling and killings.

Screenplay:
Salil Sarkar, Raja Sen

Cinematography:
Shirsa Roy

Editing:
Arghya Kamal Mitra

Music:
Partha Sengupta

Principal cast:
Jaya Bachchan, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Ganesh Mukherjee, Manu Mukherjee, Subhendu Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen, Pradeep Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan (guest appearance)

Production: Ramesh Gandhi / 35mm / colour / 130 mins.

Director's bio note: Raja Sen began as an activist in the Group Theatre Movement. His career as an independent director took off in 1982. Home Away from Home, a documentary on a cancer centre and welfare home in West Bengal, had a considerable impact, while his other documentary on Suchitra Mitra, Bengal’s noted ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ singer, won the national award in 1993 for Best Film in the art and culture section.

In 1995, his debut feature Damu received the National Award for Best Children’s Film; Family Chronicles (also being showcased at Cinefan 2003) won the National Award for Best Family Film in 1999.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 02:45 IST