Mother India

Directed by Mehboob Khan

MOTHER INDIA is a propagandist precursor to modern Bollywood, a musical number-laced, colour-drenched melodrama that relates the story of the long-suffering Radha. Told in flashback, it opens with the elderly woman opening a new dam that will improve the neighbourhood economy. From her early years as a beauty queen through her doomed marriage and years struggling to support her children, Radha perseveres and provides inspiration for all the villagers.

175 minutes

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