00.39 I hereby bestow upon thee the In Praise of All Things Dharmendra-Related award for the most unappealing opening frame ever.
04.11 Awww… you don’t want the pretty garland? Maa, you seem very sad. What gives? Oh, I see... it reminds you of your bridal garland, huh? Flashback time…
07.07 Mr. Groom, you look both terrified and eager… I’d be spooked if I was your dulhan…
09.02 Giving your groom a leg-massage on the wedding night? Oh dear… so who gives you a massage?
10.26 And so the slaving away begins… poor dear, you have to help the in-laws pay off their mortgage…. Not exactly an auspicious welcome.
12.23 Well at least your husband seems nice enough for a coy game or two…
16.23 Hubby seems nice enough, and he’s got a sweet smile… but I get the strong feeling something terrible will happen to him soon.
17.31 Oh goody, a song! It’s about time we had one.
21.14 A little bitty bachcha… awww….
23.00 Oh no… turns out mother-in-law was swindled by the evil money-lender. Injustice!
38.04 I love the gutsiness of this kid. So great.
42.06 Awww… why can’t this sort of sadness and despair be confined to the movies? This movie is a real downer. Nice fake clouds though.
42.27 Radha is a good woman, if I were in this situation, not only would I let my hubby beat the horrible moneylender up, I’d probably join in. But violence solves nothing, and Radha, wise woman that she is, knows this.
43.09 Gotta love this kid. Who played him? I think he’s remarkable.
44.07 Awww… and you were such a good man up till now! Why hit your good wife who has done all she can to support and care for you and the kids? Why? This film is very upsetting.
45.07 Kids are amazingly resilient. The older ones who are more aware of their dire straits are sad, the youngest smiling away. God bless children.
46.09 How beautiful. These people are determined to make me cry.
47.05 It was obvious that something terrible would happen to Shamu – but it’s terribly depressing nonetheless.
48.23 So not PC… but sweet and charming anyway.
50.46 The only phrase I can use to describe this is a kicked around cliché – ‘man’s inhumanity to man’.
56.44 This is just so sad. It’s a good song though.
1.01.10 Wow, a death, a new life… the circle of life. Eeyah, four kids and only you, Radha?
1.02.03 I love this kid. Bas.
1.08.36 Na wa o... in fact e be like say na pidgin wey I go take nack dis one. Oyibo no go do am, dis one don pass me. Wich kain wahala bi dis now? Sufferhead don join bodi.
1.10.16 Oh great, now she has to go and lose her strongest reminder of her dear Shamu as well. There is really no end to Radha’s suffering, is there?
1.14.59 How many women have been forced to make these terrible choices?
1.18.04 Those 3 dots on the chin. I remember Ash had them in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ too. Is it a religious symbol, or cultural or both? I’ve also noticed that a lot of words I’m used to hearing with the ‘z’ sound (ziruddh, zameen) are being pronounced with the ‘j’ sound (jiruddh, jameen) in ‘Mother India’. Is this a different regional dialect of Hindi?
1.19.06 I really hate it when they don’t subtitle the songs, especially when the songs are so significant. And didn’t they subtitle the last song where she was yearning for Shamu? I really need to know what she’s saying here.
1.21.06 Testimony to the woman’s ability to inspire and lead…
1.21.21 They’re big boys now… as an old friend would say, hmmm, how time flies!
1.23.28 Eeyah… wouldn’t it have been great if this could have happened? But life had other plans – plans of hardship and heartbreak…
1.24.28 Again, I so do love this kid! If it weren’t for the ‘be careful what you wish for’ thing, I’d wish for a kid as lively and full of oats as this one!
1.25.04 I’m so loving the music in this film
1.32.04 Wait a minute, wait a minute… so all the ‘ah ah, ooh ooh’ Birju was doing was a ploy to ‘toast’ this girl – to tell her she’s nicer than all the village belles? And here I was thinking he was coming to learn so that he could read Sukhi Lala’s account books… oh, okay he was getting to that part…
1.33.06 Sacrificing so much and yet still getting robbed…
1.38.01 I miss Nargis… she totally dominates this movie… it’s mean, but I really don’t want to see her son’s girlfriend dancing around. But the song is pretty hot.
1.41.31 Awww, this is very pretty. Sunset and shadows…
1.42.43 This is my first Sunil Dutt film – bahut scary aadmi hai. I see where Sanjay gets ‘it’.
1.44.47 Oh dear… super-tragic as it was, I think I’m liking pre-interval ‘Mother India’ better than post-interval ‘Mother India’. It’s getting a tad draggy now. Quit clowning and get to the point, Birju.
1.45.34 Oh that’s so sweet, she really loved her Shamu… can’t blame her, he was kinda sweet, except for that time he hit her…
1.47.31 Apparently Birju is still a kid – he never grew up. Oh my.
1.48.06 I just might be scarred for life after watching this… there’s so much here to make you lose hope in humanity.
1.51.06 Not only did Birju never grow up; he also seems to be off his rocker.
1.57.06 Birju and Radha are so cute together. I’d be sorta jealous if I were Ramu.
2.00.04 I love Nargis. This is such a good performance. This scene is so cute.
2.02.02 Okay okay, what kind of nonsense is this? I’m not watching ‘Mother India’ for bowls of swinging pudding and such messy frivolities; I came here to get ‘edjumacated’… LOL
2.05.04 Birju, why the heck would you go and tell your chief tormentor that your suit has been rejected?
2.11.50 Ramu is living his father’s life. Which means, tragedy is about to strike this family again.
2.13.59 Hell no, Birju. You did NOT just slap your bhabhi. Hell to the no. You should be hung out to dry for that.
2.14.20 I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that Birju slapped her or the fact that Ramu is shrugging it off. Nasty.
2.16.20 Awww, she’s still missing Shamu…
2.18.10 A Holi song – wasn’t expecting one in this film. Nice.
2.20.20 Aww... this kid, I’ve missed you! These flashback/what-might’ve-been scenes are tough to watch – so moving.
2.23.25 Birju is crazy for real. What has possessed him to ruin Holi? I know – it’s love for his mother.
2.24.58 The warning to not argue with men makes me smile – a grim smile. How often have I heard that ‘women shouldn’t argue with men’ spiel – especially in the village?
2.26.20 Okay now this is getting insane – this is really more than enough tragedy!
2.35.06 Okay now this all just too crazy for words…. WTH?!
2.40.28 Talk about a demanding role – this one just takes the cake! Is there anything Nargis hasn’t done in this role?
2.46.09 Oh Birju, what hast thou done to thyself?
2.49.17 Powerful metaphor here on the uses of knowledge, I think.
2.53.03 Ok now that’s just insane – Radha, how COULD you? (I mean, I know why you did it, but still, it's BIRJU??!!) And that horse is just plain nasty.
2.54.04 And here comes the fresh but tainted wave of modernity… washing out the old and bringing in the new? Was the old bad? Will the new be better? Questions with no answers…
This was hard to watch but somehow I know I’ll do it again, to see if I can learn more and dig deeper into the layers of the film, as I’m sure a lot of it has gone straight over my head… I liked the first half of the film better than the second, but the whole film is really good.
Ok... this, my first liveblog, might also be my last. Who knew liveblogging was such hard work? And with my suckiness at summarising stuff, it's probably not the best option for me. It was fun to try it, though.