Mother India 1957
Above all a story about honour, Mother India opens with a close up of 'village mother' Radha (Nargis). Her weather-beaten features setting the tone for much of what is to come, she is immediately recognisable as a woman forged by suffering and it soon becomes clear that it is her story that Khan intends to relay.

Flashback to the days of Radha's youth... Happily married, Radha and her husband (Raaj Kumar) toil the earth in an effort to produce enough crop to feed their family and pay back the money they owe to an unscrupulous moneylender (Kanhaiyalal). Times prove hard, but the family prevail. Soon they have enough to raise a small family and buy enough oxen to plough the land. But tragedy soon strikes when early rains destroy the villager's harvest and force the family to sell what little valuables they own to the moneylender.

The family proves strong and Radha encourages her husband to try twice as hard to make a comeback. But when a second tragedy strikes, leaving her husband horribly maimed and unable to work, Radha is left to raise her children alone, under the continual threat of starvation and the fear of sexual advances from the slimy moneylender.

Years go by and we find that whilst one of her sons has become a hard working, respected farmer, another has become the village idiot, bitter with rage and committed to vengeance. Radha, caught between her rebel son and the survival of a community she has been instrumental in building, is faced with a decision that forces her to choose honour over blood.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:54:17 | 6.74 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Hindi (Dolby AC3, 6 ch), Hindi (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Musical, Family

Director: Mehboob Khan
Cast: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Kanhaiyalal
Country: India

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