Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Mard

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  • Mard

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     41985 177’ col Hindi 
     5d Manmohan Desai pc MKD Films, Aasia 
     6Films st Prayag Raj sc K.K. Shukla dial Inder 
     7Raj Anand lyr Rajinder Krishan c Peter Pereira 
     8m Annu Malik 
     9lp Amitabh Bachchan, Amrita Singh, Nirupa 
     10Roy, Dara Singh, Prem Chopra 
     13The son, Raju Tangewala (Bachchan), of a 
     14dispossessed rajah is given the name ‘Mard’, i.e. 
     15Man, and has it tattooed on his chest as a sign 
     16of virility. Mard rebels against the British who 
     17are presented as robbers and property 
     18developers, the favourite Hindi film villains of 
     19this period. In keeping with a characteristic 
     20Desai plot device, Raju is raised by fosterparents 
     21who, just before dying, inform their 
     22adopted son of his ‘real’ ancestry. The leatherclad 
     23daughter (Amrita Singh) of a doctor in the 
     24service of the British first whips the hero and 
     25then falls in love with him. The British villains 
     26are called Dyer and Simon, names still 
     27associated with the general responsible for the 
     28Jallianwala Bagh massacre (referred to in the 
     29film) and the leader of the Simon Commission. 
     30Desai juxtaposes these references with the 
     31more arbitrary introduction of Roman 
     32gladiators and Mexican bandits. Made 
     33immediately after Coolie (1983), marked by 
     34Bachchan’s near fatal accident, Mard went to 
     35unusual lengths to demonstrate the invincibility 
     36of the hero, invoking colonialism and feudal 
     37oppression to affirm that he whom the gods 
     38protect cannot be destroyed.