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In this epic melodrama, a poverty-stricken village woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. In the absence of her husband and against the best efforts of a cunning moneylender, she rises above her circumstances to be there for both her children and for herself.
TV Guide Magazine by
The most popular film in Indian history.
The New York Times by
The film is at once a sort of Indian "Stella Dallas," which finds the heroine making sacrifice after sacrifice on behalf of her family, and a "Gone With the Wind"-style epic of social change.
Village Voice by
The performances are broad; the comedy is mainly slapstick. The politics are nationalist and vaguely left-wing.
Film Threat by
More of a curio than a classic and it takes the strongest of constitutions to endure this film without entertaining notions of matricide