Mother India, Indian Film - Informative & researched article on Mother India, Indian Film
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Movies

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Drama & Theatre|Indian Music|Indian Movies|Indian Television
Home > Movies & Entertainment > Indian Movies > List of Indian Films > Mother India
Mother India, Indian Film
Mehboob Khan`s Mother India has achieved the status of Indian cinematic epic.
 Mother India, Indian FilmMehboob Khan`s Mother India has achieved the status of Indian cinematic epic. It is this Indian Gone With the Wind, which is Khan`s most famous film. It took 3 years to complete it and is actually the remake one of his earlier films, Aurat (1940). This film was about the struggle for survival of a peasant woman abandoned by her husband, left with children and pursued by an avaricious moneylender. Aurat convincingly paints the conflicts of an agrarian society and the role that the woman plays in the survival of the entire family. Mother India was made after the director had made a minute study of a village in Gujarat and with a completely new perspective of the aesthetic language of cinema.

In a way Mother India idealized the woman and the mother as an almost sacred concept. The film purports to be an illustration of women`s fight against male oppression of nature as well as celebration of the Indian farmer`s will to save his land from domination by external forces. Mother India, Indian Film The central character Radha, played brilliantly by Nargis, takes on the symbolism of `national mother` as well as that of mythical mother goddess. The relation between her and her two children (played by Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt) are wonderfully scripted and shown on the silver screen. Mehboob Khan shows the strength of a woman who can go to any extent to fight the unethical, even to the extent of killing her own son.

In the Indian patriarchal society the mother is immensely respected and is revered as much as God himself. Mother India continued to propagate this image. It is also a landmark film in the history of Indian cinema. It is one of those earlier films that are woman centric. A great success with the public when it was released, this film continues to be as popular whenever it is shown in theatres or television, in India, the Middle East and the world over.

(Last Updated on : 23/04/2014)
More Articles in List of Indian Films  (158)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Movies
Om Puri
Om Puri, the illustrious Indian actor, has exhibited his versatility in Indian as well as international cinema. In addition to earning immense critical applauses, his works have also been honoured with the National Film Awards.
Jamsetji Framji Madan
Jamshetji Framji Madan was among the first to acquire rights to some of the stories of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and Rabindra Nath Tagore.
Ardeshir Irani
Ardeshir Irani is the man who made the first Indian talkie and the first Indian colour film. He was the pioneering force in the revolutionizing talkie culture in India.
Himansu Rai
Himansu Rai is credited with bringing technical sophistication to Indian Cinema and collaborated with European filmmakers to create films like Goddess, Siraj etc.
Uttam Kumar
Uttam Kumar is the doyen of Bengali cinema and imagination, the ace of hearts Mahanayak the cultural icon of Bengal who attained a legendary status amidst the Bengali cinema lovers.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum on Indian Movies
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Entertainment
Mother India, Indian Film - Informative & researched article on Mother India, Indian Film
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.