Synopsis: The film concentrates on the love story between Amar (Shahrukh Khan), a journalist at All India Radio and Meghna (Manisha Koirala), a guerilla fighter. As Amar travels to the Northeast to prepare a radio show on insurgency in Assam on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, he meets Meghna briefly, who, it later turns out, is a militant who has undertaken a suicide bombing mission against the Indian state. Having suffered trauma at the hands of the Indian Army at a young age, Meghana is completely dedicated to her ideology and freedom for her state in the north-east. What follows is a narrative about the attraction of opposites, as Amar’s aggressive pursuit of Meghna and Meghna’s attempt to stay true to her avowed mission culminates in a tragic end. Marked by surreal dance numbers that poignantly attempt to assimilate the irreconcilable differences in their relationship, the film projects the love story against larger debates around conflicting notions of independence and freedom.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta
Production: Madras Talkies, Varma Corporation
Screenplay: Mani Ratnam co-written with Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
Editing: Suresh Urs
Awards: Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival National Film Awards for Best Cinematography National Film Awards for Best Audiography
Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival Era New Horizons Film Festival Helsinki International Film Festival
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