Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)
Also Known As: Mother of 1084
Category: Feature Film
Calcutta, the Capital City of West Bengal, the Eastern State of India. The period is 1970-72. The city is in the grip of a leftist militant movement, popularly known as the 'Naxalbari Movement'. The 'Naxalbari Movement' began in the Naxalbari region to get minimum wages for the agricultural labour and soon spread to other rural and urban areas including Calcutta. It attracted wide participation from the leftist intelligentsia and student groups.
Sujata Chatterjee is a middle aged, traditional, submissive, unprotesting, upper middle class lady, employed in a commercial bank in Calcutta. She awakens one early morning to the shattering news that her youngest and favourite son, Brati, is lying dead in the police morgue, reduced to a mere numerical: Corpse No. 1084. This awakening propels her on a journey of discovery, in the course of which, struggling to understand her naxalite (militant leftist) son's revolutionary commitment, she begins to recognize her own alienation as a woman and wife from the complacent, hypocritical bourgeois society her son had rebelled against.
In an attempt to regain a sense of self from the intense psychological and emotional trauma, Sujata, as a mother, gains some deep insights into the complex relationship between the personal and the political.
Cast: Jaya Bhaduri, Anupam Kher, Seema Biswas, Milind Gunaji, Nandita Das, Joy Sengupta, Bhakti Barve, Kanti Madia, Vinit Kumar, Sandeep Kulkarni, Anupam Shyam, Mona Ambegaonkar, Aditya Shrivastava, Rajesh Khera, Ravi Gossain, Satish Rajwade, Riju Bajaj, Loveleen Mishra, Saddiya Siddiqui, Ravi Kale, Yashpal Sharma, Vivek Mishra, Mukul Nag, Bharti Jaffrey