Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa

Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) (Hindi: हज़ार चौरासी की माँ; English: The Mother of 1084) is an Indian feature film that deals with the life of a woman who loses her son, a Naxalite, to the violence that is a result of his adopted ideology.

Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa DVD cover
Directed byGovind Nihalani
Produced byManmohan Shetty, Govind Nihalani
Written byMahasweta Devi (novel)
Govind Nihalani (screenplay)
Tripurari Sharma (dialogues)
StarringJaya Bachchan
Anupam Kher
Joy Sengupta
Nandita Das
Seema Biswas
Milind Gunaji
Aditya Srivastava
Music byDebajyoti Mishra
CinematographyGovind Nihalani
Edited byDeepa Bhatia
Release date
  • 20 March 1998 (1998-03-20) (India)
Running time
152 min

The film is directed by Govind Nihalani and is based on Magsaysay and Jnanpith award recipient Mahasweta Devi's Bengali 1974 novel Hajar Churashir Maa (Bengali: হাজার চুরাশির মা). The screenplay is written by Nihalani and the dialogues by Tripurari Sharma. The film stars Jaya Bachchan as Sujata Chatterjee, Anupam Kher as Dibyanath Chatterjee, Milind Gunaji as Inspector Saroj Pal, Seema Biswas as Somu's mother, Joy Sengupta as Brati Chatterjee and Nandita Das as Nandini Mitra. It marks Jaya Bachchan's return to acting after a gap of 18 years.

In 1998, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.



Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata (played by Jaya Bachchan), and youngest son, Brati, live an affluent existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, devout Hindu, religious, and compassionate woman, and Brati has finished his school and is now attending college. His parents are proud of him, and keep track of his progress. Then their world is shattered during the early hours, when they are informed by the police that Brati has been killed. Dibyanath and Sujata go to identify Brati's body, mourn, lament inconsolably. They know now that their lives will never be the same again - for by the police they will be called the mother and father of corpse No. 1084. Sujata struggles to understand Brati's passing, meets his friends one by one, comes to know that Brati had a girlfriend, Nandini Mitra (played by Nandita Das), and that's when she finds out that Brati was part of a rebel group often referred to as "Naxalite", a militant leftist group. As she delves deeper and deeper into Brati's former life, she begins to understand her son's struggle, and decides to continue to further this.

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