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In a typical college in a typical Indian city, the hostel boys Madan Sharma (Aamir Khan) and his friend are a rowdy lot. The teaching staff suffer from the common apathy of most teachers in... See full summary »

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Ketan Mehta

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Mahesh Elkunchwar (play), Mahesh Elkunchwar (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashutosh Gowariker ... Ranjeet Prakash
Aamir Khan ... Madan Sharma (as Aamir Hussain)
Rahul Ranade Rahul Ranade
Sanjeev Gandhi Sanjeev Gandhi
Manoj Pandya Manoj Pandya
Amole Gupte ... Amol Khanna
Naseeruddin Shah ... Professor Singh ( Special Appearance)
Om Puri ... Principal Pandey
Shreeram Lagoo ... Chairman of college (as Dr. Shreeram Lagoo)
Deepti Naval ... Professor Sehgal
Paresh Rawal
Mohan Gokhale
Raju Barot Raju Barot
Deepak Kejriwal Deepak Kejriwal
Benjamin Gilani
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In a typical college in a typical Indian city, the hostel boys Madan Sharma (Aamir Khan) and his friend are a rowdy lot. The teaching staff suffer from the common apathy of most teachers in similar colleges. The administration has the usual problems, with ill-paid employees periodically going on strike. On the whole, the college is a very normal place. But on this particular day, when Madan and his friends rise from their slumber, some with the customary hangover, they are not so perturbed to find no water in the taps again, as when they hear that it is not going to be a holiday after all. Instead there will be a lecture in the auditorium by the Chairman of the Board (Dr. Shriram Lagoo), on the day of the festival of fire, Holi, and the boys decide not to attend the classes. The hostel superintendent Professor Singh (Naseeruddin Shah), the only lecturer with some human links with the students, watches with apprehension their growing restlessness. A notice announcing a further ... Written by <afy101@hotmail.com>

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

8 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Festival of Fire See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Holi: A real festival of colors for the viewers
19 September 2012 | by anuphian-2See all my reviews

The film mainly focuses on the sensitive and frustrating attitude of college youths who often jumps to danger, brainless and over-ridden by emotions and 'josh'.

I like the continuous shots used to narrate the story- line and also the sense of mind/attitude that the director has put to the each and every character.The film aesthetically depicts the college atmosphere of mid 80's, which covers every nook and corner of the surroundings. The quality of each shot, it's scripting, the evolution of thread, its portrayal in its very own simplicity and even the silly backgrounds, (which seems to be silly but to be precise, purposefully portrayed by a master-minded persona) all complements each other. However, to some extent i should agree that the film lacks a bit of technical quality and perfection. But to be a film admirer i should say the script and the direction has done its maximum hard-work to over- shadow its drawbacks.

Nonetheless, the film has delivered a beautiful message to the vigorous youth society who thinks by heart and knowingly does the things at the cost of ignorance. The director has given his midas-touch to even the minute details and has carefully woven the colorful, cinematic plots. "Truly, a holy on an unholy day"...


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