Matrubhoomi - A Nation Without Women (2003) / Tulip Joshi
Starring: Tulip Joshi, Sudhir Pandey, Sushant Singh, Aditya Srivastav, Piyush Mishra, Amin Gazi, Gyan Prakash, Pankaj Jha, Sanjay Kumar, Shrivas Nydu, Deepak Kumar Bandhu, Vinamra Pancharia, Chittaranjan Giri, Farooq Sarkari, Rohitashv Gour, Rajesh Jais, Latesh Choudhari, Neeraj Sood, Mrityunjay Panchal, Umashankar Pancharia, S Mahanti
Producer: Nicolas Blanc, Patrick Sobelman, Punkej Kharabanda
Director: Manish Jha
Music: Samil - Suleiman
Language: Hindi (Dolby Digital 5.1)
According to a recent report by Ministry of Health and UNFPA, there are around 35 million girls missing from the population of India due to large gender discrimination. Though the government has bought legislation to penalize those indulging in this practice, female infanticide and feticide still continue unabated. The last census revealed that the national male-female ratio has dipped to an all time low.
The film 'Matrubhoomi - A Nation without Women' explores the impact of absence of woman on men. The instability, which can creep into a society due to the absence of women - be it physical, emotional or psychological. It underlines how the absence of women inexorably leads to the debasement of men, draining them of all that makes them human.
The film explores a futuristic rural India wherein due to rampant female infanticide, women are practically extinct. The impact of the absence of women on men sees them finding alternative sources of release - pornography, homosexuality, bestiality, violence. When a girl Kalki (Tulip Joshi) is actually spied, she is promptly sold and married to five brothers. All five - and the father-in-law Ramcharan (Sudhir Pandey) exercise their conjugal rights in turn. She starts coming closer to the youngest brother Sooraj (Sushant Singh), the only one who treats her as human being much to the chagrin of the father and other brothers. The eldest brother has the youngest one killed.
Kalki turns to her father for refuge but the father blinded by money lets her down. After her attempt to escape with the low caste servant boy unwittingly triggers off a caste war, she is clapped in iron chains in a cowshed and raped repeatedly by her family and the low castes as well. When she finally becomes pregnant, everyone claims paternity. In the throes of the devastating caste war that ensues over her, she gives birth to a girl.
Produced by Sridevi and Boney Kapoor in association with Patrick Sobelman, Nicolas Blanc and Punkej Kharabanda, Matrubhoomi is directed by Manish Jha and has already made rounds of several international film festivals. Salim-Sulaiman has composed the background score of the movie.