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« on: Nov 19, 2008 06:46 AM »



Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)


Sajjanpur is the 'every village' of India. The movie is a funny slice of life in real India. And it shows the REAL INDIA, not the fake bollywood one. This is the type of village my grandparents were from and many of my family members still live in. (Except for this one's Hindu) Things are slow, there's electricity, barely, that weird juxtaposition of modernity vs traditional rural life, east vs. west of mobile phones versus sleeping on cots. Just a very sweet, interesting look at life, i would say "back then" but it's actually "now" there.

Loved watching it, but warning that if you don't understand "dehati" rural slang, you won't get anything and it has some bollywood-esque (inevitable) songs that were very sweet and innocent . Hopefully they'll do good subtitles!



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1221139/

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Mahadev is one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur. His ambition is to be a novelist but finds it easier to make a living by writing letters sitting next to the post office. His ability to write persuasive letters makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town. Aware of this power, he soon uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not such amusing results.

With this as the narrative frame, Welcome to Sajjanpur shows in an entertaining, musical and comic way, characters and events that are at once hilarious and poignant. A delightful satirical take on a contemporary Indian village.





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The ending was definitely new but why'd they have to do that to the doc and his wife??hmm
 
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 19, 2008 08:10 PM »


Assalamualaikum

I've read about this, but it doesn't seem like our village back home, either because ours is predominantly Muslim or because I haven't seen the film  Smiley

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but warning that if you don't understand "dehati" rural slang, you won't get anything

Can you speak dehati, Jannah? Seriously, it's an art !
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 20, 2008 02:25 AM »

wsalam,

yeah you have to watch it to realize it's "every village" regardless of religion/geography. i can't speak dehati but i understand it because that's what they all speak over there!
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