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Ghulami (1985)

  • Release Date1985
  • GenreAction, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time171 min
  • Length5405.78 meters
  • Number of Reels19
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number5139
  • Certificate Date13/06/1985
  • Shooting LocationFilm City, Filmistan, Essel

The first drop of rain has to burn itself out in its attempt to quench the thirst of the parched earth. The name of this raindrop was ‘Ranjeet Singh Chowdhary”, son of the impoverished farmer Makhan. Apple of his mother’s eye who called him ‘Ranjeeta’ and known to his students at the village school as ‘Masterji’. The teacher who heeding the dictates of his conscience put down the pen and picked up the gun. The raindrops that followed were Gopi the policeman, who was a victim of the society’s mental slavery- The army jawan ‘Jabar’ who considered all enemies of humanity his personal enemies - Sumitra the daughter of Thakur Birendra Pratap Singh, the area landlord, who loved Ranjeet his ideas but abhorred violence and bloodshed and ‘Mora’ the village belle who had accepted ‘Love’ as the only god.

Together they all traversed the parched land, put their ears to the earth, and found out the causes that enslaved the earth. Thus ensued their battle against inequality, injustice, untouchability, and economic exploitation, all contributing to the mental slavery, the shackles of which have still to be broken.

Ghulami is one such blow.

[From the official press booklet]



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