Synopsis: Roja, a young woman born and brought up in Southern India, prays that the handsome young man coming to see her sister will be her future brother-in-law, only to have the tables turned on her when he openly choses her over her sister (as her sister loves another). So Roja marries Rishi and they leave the village to settle in the city, where both fall in love. Rishi, who works for the Indian Government, is instructed to go to the troubled state of Kashmir on a classified mission. Roja also goes along. Then her innocent world is shattered when Rishi is abducted and held for ransom by a group of jihadist militants who want an independent Kashmir and the release of a terrorist held by the Indian military forces. Will the passionate appeal of this young woman move cold and ruthless military and politician's hearts and minds? Two of the songs are worth remembering after watching the Hindi-dubbed version of the movie: "Dil hai chhotasa, chhotisi aasha, masti bhare man ki bholisi aasha, chand t
Director(s): Mani Ratnam
  10 wins & 1 nomination.
137 min

Arvind Swamy




Pankaj Kapur

Srinagar, Kashmir

It's the only way.

Come on, go, go, go.

Come on let's get out of here. Go.

I'll stop them.

You guys get out of here.

I'll take care of them.

Go on, get out of here.

Kashmir militant leader

Wasim Khan arrested


Tirunelveli District

Small desire

fluttering desire

Pearl like desire

stored up desire

Desire to kiss the moon.

Desire planet earth

to orbit around me.

Small desire

fluttering desire

Pearl like desire

stored up desire

Desire to kiss the moon.

Desire planet earth

to orbit around me.

Wish to become a jasmine flower..

..Wish to garland the breeze.

Wish to touch the clouds..

..Wish to leave all sorrows..

..Wish to tie the world

in my flocks of hair.

Small desire

fluttering desire

Pearl like desire

stored up desire

Desire to kiss the moon.

Desire planet earth

to orbit around me

Small desire

fluttering desire

Pearl like desire

stored up desire

Wish to dance in

muddy field and plant seedlings..

Wish to catch fish

and release back to river.

Wish to wear the rainbow..

Wish to lay inside the dew drop.

Wish to wear a saree

from month of 'Chithirai.

Small desire

fluttering desire

Pearl like desire

stored up desire

Desire to kiss the moon.

Desire planet earth

to orbit around me

Small desire

fluttering desire

Pearl like desire

stored up desire

Hey Saamikannu, where are you

off to early in the morning?

I can't find my goats anywhere.

Some robbers have

taken off with them.

Don't make a noise;

didn't you hear me?

Hey Little Girl, is the car here yet?

Hey Saamikannu, you idiot,

what are you looking for?

My goats are all missing.

When she lost her husband,

she did not go to find him.

Why will she bother

to find your goat?

For God's sake, what are

you standing around for?

Go, go, look out for them..

Hey you silly fellow, come over here.

Don't ask them, ask me.

Come here. Your goats must be

Boiling on Ambiyar's Saambaar.

Keep quiet, you silly goats!

Stay together, all of you..

Oh my goodness!

Roja, the car has come.

Go on, go on, run along..

Hey Small Girl! Come here, help me.

He's handsome, isn't he?

Oh no, cigarette!

Very bad!

Fallen in love already, have you?

I can leave you behind.

I don't mind.


Come on, let's run.

Saamikannu Annachi, your goats

are crowding the road.

Have you any sense? They

have blocked the car..

..of the man who has

come to see my sister.

Go on, hurry up. Go on, get

them out of the way! Go on, quick!

Be careful. He looks a

very intelligent type.

Intelligent! My goats! Go on,

you buffoons! Go on, get them.

Go, go..

Come on, come on, everyone.

Hurry up, hurry up.

The bridegroom has arrived.

You've to come to see him.

Oh, the bridegroom has come.

Let's go and see him.

Listen everybody.

My sister Senbagam's husband to be..

..has come to see her.

Senbagam's groom is here.

Senbagam, hey Senbagam..

Where on earth have you been?

You said you were going to

the market to buy vegetables.

Where is Senbagam, Ma? - Do you

know how angry your father is?

I saw him. Can you

believe it? I actually saw him.

How does he look?

You be quiet. Mind your own business!

He looks very intelligent,

grandma. Must be very well educated.

I really do approve of him.

It's great if you also do approve.

Roja, you silly creature!

What are you so excited about?

Is it your wedding or your sister's?

I have no wish to marry.

But my sister Senbagam will.

..for answering my prayers.

Hold still, Senbagam.

Don't move an inch.

Make a wish. Hey,

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Mani Ratnam

Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam (born 2 June 1956), commonly known by his screen name Mani Ratnam, is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, acknowledging his contributions to film in 2002. Despite being born into a film family, Mani Ratnam did not develop any interest towards films when he was young. Upon completion of his post graduation in management, he started his career as a consultant. He entered the film industry through the 1983 Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi. The failure of his subsequent films would mean that he was left with fewer offers. However, his fifth directorial outing, Mouna Ragam (1986), established him as a leading filmmaker in Tamil cinema. He followed that with Nayakan (1987). Mani Ratnam is well known for his "Terrorism trilogy" consisting of Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), and Dil Se.. (1998). Mani Ratnam is married to Tamil actress Suhasini and has a son with her. He has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and three Bollywood Filmfare Awards. more…

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