Vaishnav Jan Toh
India, 2009, 11 minutes
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Vaishnav Jan Toh Synopsis

India. 1944. A village in Bombay Presidency (present day Gujarat). On a night when Mahatma Gandhi is visiting the village, Ba has an unexpected visitor – Pratap, a thief, has just shot a man and is seeking shelter. But the night has another predicament in store for Ba and Pratap. And as “Vaishnav Jan Toh…” is sung in a distant prayer meeting, Ba’s own conviction in Gandhiji’s message is put to test.

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Reviewed by Jacktorrance
Viewers unfamiliar with Gandhi's teachings will most likely find this film appalling. Set after a murder, the film's script does not explore the idea of justice at all. However, those... more
Viewers unfamiliar with Gandhi's teachings will most likely find this film appalling. Set after a murder, the film's script does not explore the idea of justice at all. However, those familiar with Gandhi's teachings and the Hindu devotional song Vaishnav Jan Toh will see the moral sacrifice Ba took in the film. Faced with her own pain versus the troubles of a thief in hiding, Ba decides to shelter and help the latter. With excellent costumes and props, and believable acting, Vaishnav Jan Toh's message on compassion and morality gives it a solid 4 stars.
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Imagine the pain of a mother  helping a thief  elude the authorities  when all along  he was the one responsible for a son's death.   The irony of it all!... more
Imagine the pain of a mother  helping a thief  elude the authorities  when all along  he was the one responsible for a son's death.   The irony of it all!  The dark shadows and  over-all setting  sets the tone for the somber theme and  recognition should be accorded to the lead character, played  by Suhasini Mulay.   The  pain and anguish in her  tearful eyes upon  knowing of  her son's  demise  has a  very intense effect on the viewers.   More so,   the  events unfold during Gandhi's visit to their place and  amidst the background of the  songVaishnav Jan Toh,  a bhajan included in Gandhi's daily prayer and speaks about the ideals and mentality of a follower of the Lord Vishnu.   This is a film worth watching! 
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  • genuinely  amazed with Suhasini Mulay's acting in this film!

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