(Last Updated on : 10/04/2014)
The Indian movie, 'Roja' is directed by Mani Ratnam, which is an acclaimed movie. This is the debut work of the music director A. R. Rahman. Roja is available in various languages including Tamil, Telegu, Malayamam, Marathi and Hindi. The film was recently re-released for international audiences in light of the growing fear of terrorist attacks the world over. It is considered as the one of the best films from Indian film industry stable from the 90s. For this film the director Mani Ratnam got National award
Synopsis of the Indian movie 'Roja'
The story of the film 'Roja' starts in a village somewhere in Tamil Nadu. Roja revolves around one Man's love for his motherland and a wife's unfailing love for her husband. Roja played by Madhoo is a village girl, born and brought up in Sundarapandianpuram in Tirunelveli district in Southern Tamil Nadu. She prays that the handsome suitor and top cryptologist Rishi, Arvind Swamy, arriving in the village soon, accepts a proposal to get married to her sister. It soon emerges that Roja's sister is in love with another, and to everyone's surprise Rishi requests Roja's hand in marriage. This happens because of the fact that Roja's sister requested Rishi to deny for the marriage as she is engaged with someone else. Accordingly Rishi says to the in-laws that he is not liking the elder one but he would love to marry the younger one i.e. Roja. Roja gets married to Rishi, and the couple move out of the village to live in the city. But Roja is always depressed as she thinks that Rishi betrayed her sister. One day she discusses it with Rishi and Rishi clears the fact that Roja's sister requested him to do so. Roja calls up in the village and after confirming the fact with her sister she feels very sorry for Rishi.
Working for the Indian Government, Rishi is assigned a posting at an army communications center in Kashmir. Roja requests her husband to take her with him. In the midst of the exquisite beauty of Kashmir the married couple fall in love and share some good moment with each other. Roja starts sharing her life with Rishi and Rishi also starts loving her as mad. Roja's world is shattered when Rishi is abducted by militant Kashmiri separatists who demand the release of their terrorist leader Wasim Khan from prison, held by Indian military forces in exchange of Rishi. Roja pleads with politicians and the military for help, but she has little success. The film is set against the backdrop of the longstanding struggle between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, an issue that is still in the melting pot. Rishi on the otherhand tries to make the opposition leader played by Pankaj Kapoor understand that there is no gain in such types of riots. No one will be advantageous. The leader beomes touchy about Rishi and he decides to leave him while at the same time the government decide to Leave Wasim Khan and get Rishi back. The climax is very interesting when Indian Government take Wasim Khan to hand over to the opposition leader but they could not bring Rishi as he has already ran away from their custody. Roja comes to receive Rishi but he is not there but soon the climax reveals and Rishi comes from the forest areas to Roja. The leader surrenders to the government and the film has a happy ending.
Cast and crew of 'Roja'
The main star cast of the film includes Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapoor, Nasser and Janagaraj supported with many other artists. The film 'Roja' is written and directed by Mani Ratnam and it is produced by Mani Ratnam and K. Balachander. Music in the film is given by A. R. Rahman.
Awards for 'Roja'
The movie has won many awards including many foreign awards. In the year 1993 at Moscow International Film Festival held in Russia the movie was nominated for golden St. George award. While in National film awards in the year 1993 the film got silver lotus award as best music director and best lyricist and also Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on National Integration. The film also got filmfare award as best director, best movie and best movie director award as well.