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     1'''Ram Teri Ganga Maili''' 
     41985 178’ col/scope Hindi 
     5d/st/ed Raj Kapoor pc RK Films and Studios 
     6p Randhir Kapoor co-sc/dial K.K. Singh 
     7co-sc Jyoti Swaroop, V.P. Sathe 
     8co-lyr/m Ravindra Jain co-lyr Hasrat Jaipuri, 
     9Ameer Qazalbaksh c Radhu Karmakar 
     10lp Rajiv Kapoor, Mandakini, Divya Rana, Saeed 
     11Jaffrey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raza Murad 
     14The last film Raj Kapoor directed (his elder son 
     15Randhir directed Henna which was released in 
     161991 under Raj Kapoor’s name). The son of the 
     17evil industrialist Jiwababu (Kharbanda), Naren 
     18(Rajiv Kapoor, Raj’s youngest son making his 
     19debut) falls for Ganga (Mandakini), a country 
     20girl from the mountains, but is forced by his 
     21family to abandon her when she becomes 
     22pregnant. Much of the rest of the film is an 
     23elaboration of the metaphor of the ‘purity’ of 
     24‘Ganga’ - the Indian name of the holy Ganges 
     25river, originating in the girl’s native village and 
     26the setting for the narrative, Gangotri - who has 
     27been ‘soiled’ by the corrupted political leaders 
     28of modern India, exemplified mainly by 
     29Bhagwat Choudhury (Murad), a vile politician 
     30whose daughter Radha (Rana) is to marry 
     31Naren. Ganga, now an abandoned single 
     32mother, falls prey to a brothel madam who tries 
     33to sell her and a temple priest who tries to rape 
     34her. In Varanasi she is sold to a ‘kotha’ and, 
     35eventually, is bought by Choudhury to be his 
     36mistress. The final reunion of the lead couple 
     37takes place with the support of Naren’s canny 
     38Uncle Kunjbehari (Jaffrey). Kapoor’s obsessive 
     39preoccupation with the soiling of ‘pure’ 
     40womanhood extends his 70s explorations of 
     41the same theme (cf. Satyam Shivam 
     42Sundaram, 1978).