Welcome to Sajjanpur

Synopsis: It was Jawaharlal Nehru who changed the name of a small town, Durjanpur, to Sajjanpur, and that was about all the change that had occurred there since then. The town still lacks adequate infrastructure, no safe drinking water; in a 24 hour period, electricity is out for almost 23 hours, and most people, even though they own mobile phones, cannot speak or write English. One of the residents, who does speak and write English fluently, Mahadev Kuswah, lives with his mother, and both run a small fresh vegetable store after his dad abandoned them when he was very young. He has since obtained a degree from Satna University, and assists residents with written correspondence for a fee. Amongst his clients are Man Singh - who wants his homicidal wife to stand for the Municipal elections; a eunuch, Munnibai Mukhrani, who also to stands for elections; a snake charmer who is trying to make a living with fake snakes and is trying to locate his father; Ram Kumar, who is in love with a widow, Shobha;
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Shyam Benegal
Production: UTV Communications
  3 nominations.
133 min

Today is Monday.

Write me a postcard.

Sure. That will be 2 rupees.

If you write a letter for

a snake charmer, like me...

...Bholenath will fulfill all your wishes...

...for free.

I haven't done my first sale

yet and you want a free letter!

No first sale? No problem!

I'm in no hurry.

Where is the ink bottle?

Are you scared?

No! No! This is only a rubber snake.

The animal department stops

us from keeping real ones...

I have a real snake. Want to take a look?

- No! I don't want to.

Please sit there quietly!

Brother Gaya.

- Yes, brother.

The ink bottle Sit there quietly.

Brother Gaya,

give me an ink bottle.

Mahadev, the world has changed.

Man has gone to the moon.

I'll open a shop over there.

And you are still stuck

with this ink pen! Change it!

I cannot change my pen like

people change political parties.

Give me some hot water

so I can wash the pen.

There is no drinking

water in the village.

And you want water

to bathe your pen.

Wait! I have something for you.

Here you are.

A ballpoint!

It will write smoothly for 10 kilometers.

Throw that away.

- Brother, this pen is my life partner.

My wish is to have it in

my hands when I die.

Send me some water, quickly.

Mahadev, you live in a delusion.

Change your name to

delusional Dev. It suits you better.




Salutations, Sir.

Write a letter to the Collector.


candidature should be rejected...

...in the village elections.

But why?

Because her husband,

what's his name?

The one with the beard?

- Salim Mohammad.

Yes, Salim Mohammad!

He is a Pakistani spy and an ISI agent.

What? Really?

Yes. And write that my wife,

the sister-in-law of our village...

...Jamnabai's candidature

should be confirmed. Okay?

Yes. But sister-in-law is

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Ashok Mishra

AMishra is an Indian screenplay writer and lyricist in Bollywood films. He is most noted for his work in the Shyam Benegal film Welcome to Sajjanpur (in which he wrote the lyrics for the songs Sita Ram, Dildara Dildara Sine Mein, Aadmi Aazad Hai and Munni Ki Baari Are Mandir). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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