Director: Shyam Benegal; Writer: Ashok Mishra, Shyam Benegal; Producer: Vikas Bahl, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Deven Khote, Himanshu Mehra, Zarina Mehta, Ram Mirchandani, Alpana Mishra, Chetan Motiwalla, Rucha Pathak, Ronnie Screwvala; Cinematographer: Rajen Kothari; Editor: Aseem Sinha; Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Ravi Kishan, Ila Arun, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Divya Dutta, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Jhankal, Lalit Mohan Tiwari, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Masood Akhtar, Daya Shankar Pandey, Satish Sharma, Mangala Kenkre, Vineeta Malik, Charan Saluja, Rajit Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Preeti Nigam, Prem Singh Thakur, Vinay Pandey, Saagar Kale, Joginder Singh, Maaz Patel, Suma Talwadkar, Ayesha Jalil, Javed Kamal, Yousuf Ahmed, P. Soleman, Jagdish Sharma, Ashok Mishra, Alok, Ramesh Gaikwad, Jitendra Shinde, Talib Mehdi, Suresh Gera, Hemant Bhagat, Whisky, Hariom Parashar, Razzaq Qureshi, Malik Abbas, Rekha, Anita, Maya, Sushila, Gayatri, Radha, Laxmi, Raghavendra Swany, Pranesh Kumar, Keshac Deepak, Krushna, Giri, Shruti, Ratnam, Vikram Ganga Puram, Srinivas, Pinky, Ankita Agarwal, H.K. Madhav, Roop Shree Madhav, M.N. Sowmya, Rammohan Holagundi, Alok Basnait
Duration: 02:10:57; Aspect Ratio: 2.353:1; Hue: 48.910; Saturation: 0.133; Lightness: 0.311; Volume: 0.152; Cuts per Minute: 14.761; Words per Minute: 75.020
Summary: It was Jawaharlal Nehru who changed the name of a small town, Durjanpur, to Sajjanpur, and that was about all the change that had occurred there since then. The town still lacks adequate infrastructure, no safe drinking water; in a 24 hour period, electricity is out for almost 23 hours, and most people, even though they own mobile phones, cannot speak or write English. One of the residents, who does speak and write English fluently, Mahadev Kuswah, lives with his mother, and both run a small fresh vegetable store after his dad abandoned them when he was very young. He has since obtained a degree from Satna University, and assists residents with written correspondence for a fee. Amongst his clients are Man Singh - who wants his homicidal wife to stand for the Municipal elections; a eunuch, Munnibai Mukhrani, who also to stands for elections; a snake charmer who is trying to make a living with fake snakes and is trying to locate his father; Ram Kumar, who is in love with a widow, Shobha; frantic Ramsakhi Pannawali, who desperately wants to marry off her rebellious Manglik daughter, Vindhya, to a Saturday-born dog; while Mahadev uses his skills to break Kamla's marriage with Bansiram.