Six persons, all Indians living in various parts of India, were called urgently through telegrams by Maria, who is on the verge of death, to be at her bedside in her last moments. She wished to see all of them together. This is her last wish. These six persons immediately remember, (in flashback) about how they had all participated in the Goa liberation struggle years back with Maria as their guide and shared all the adventure, shoulder to shoulder with her. The six men arrive too late. She is dead. But the spirit of unity and camaraderie and singleness of purpose which they displayed once were rekindled and they reaffirm it with a gripping clasp of their hands.
These six men after their united effort to liberate Goa disintegrate to different parts and become different, fighting various political upheavals that had enveloped the country. They were not, later in life, as they were once a united lot. Much of the theme of the picture is topical depicting the present-day fissiparous tendencies and regionalism and so on. Winner of the National Award for national integration, the film has food for thought and the need for us to adjust ourselves to present-day requirements, and the unity of India without distinction of caste, creed or any other differences, all are stressed.
The characters that are depicted in the picture are played by artistes who belong to other regions. Utpal Dutt, a Bengali by birth, portrays the role of a Punjabi and Madhu, a Malayalee enacts the role of a Bengali and so on. This is itself a lesson that, ultimately, wherever we are born, we are all Indians.
Among the actors Utpal Dutt carries the acting honors though the others fit in their roles and give tolerably good performances.
Lyrics, music and dialogue are all in keeping with the theme of the film.
Saat Hindustani is a refreshing film much in need today, but it could have been even more effective with more subtlety.
Year – 1969
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – K. A. Abbas
Director – K. A. Abbas
Music Director – J. P. Kaushik
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Cast – Amitabh Bachchan, Utpal Dutt, Surekha, Madhoo, Anwar Ali, Jalal Agha, Shahnaaz, Sukhdev, Irshad Panjatan, Prakash Thapa, A. K. Hangal, Dina Pathak, Jagdish Kamal, Madhukar
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