Hey Ram: A Tamil Masterpiece on the Partition of India
Hey Ram is a 2000 Tamil historical drama film written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan. The film stars Haasan himself as Saket Ram, a Hindu man who witnesses the horrors of the partition of India in 1947 and becomes involved in a plot to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi. The film also features Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri in supporting roles.
The film was critically acclaimed for its portrayal of the complex and sensitive issues of religion, violence and nationalism in the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods in Indian history. The film was also praised for its technical aspects, such as the cinematography by Tirru, the music by Ilaiyaraaja and the editing by Renu Saluja. The film won three National Film Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Shah Rukh Khan, and was India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Hey Ram is now available in high-definition quality on Amazon Prime Video. The film has been digitally restored and enhanced with Dolby Digital Plus 2.0 audio and English subtitles. The file size is 16GB and the format is HEVC x265, which offers better compression and quality than standard formats. You can download or stream the film using any compatible device and enjoy this epic saga of love, hate and redemption.
The film is divided into two parts: the first part shows the life of Saket Ram before and during the partition, and the second part shows his transformation into a radical Hindu nationalist who joins a group of extremists planning to kill Gandhi. The film explores the themes of identity, faith, violence and forgiveness through the personal journey of Saket Ram, who is torn between his love for his wife Aparna (Rani Mukerji), who is killed by Muslim rioters, and his friendship with Amjad Ali Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), a Muslim photographer who tries to dissuade him from his violent path.
The film also depicts the historical events and figures that shaped the partition of India, such as the Quit India Movement, the Direct Action Day, the Great Calcutta Killings, the Noakhali riots, the assassination of Gandhi and the trial of Nathuram Godse. The film features cameo appearances by several actors playing real-life characters, such as Naseeruddin Shah as Gandhi, Hema Malini as Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, Om Puri as Liaquat Ali Khan, Girish Karnad as U. Subbaraju and Vasundhara Das as Kamala Nehru.
The film was a passion project for Kamal Haasan, who spent nearly six years on the research, writing and production of the film. He also invested his own money and faced several financial and legal troubles during the making of the film. The film was shot in various locations across India and Sri Lanka, and involved a large cast and crew of over 2000 people. The film was made simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi, with some scenes dubbed in Bengali and Urdu. The film also used extensive visual effects and prosthetics to recreate the historical settings and characters.
The film was released on 18 February 2000 in India and received a mixed response from the audience and the critics. Some praised the film for its bold and honest depiction of the partition and its aftermath, while others criticized the film for its length, complexity and controversial portrayal of Gandhi and Godse. The film also faced protests and bans from some political and religious groups, who objected to the film’s content and title. The film was a moderate success at the box office, earning about â¹28 crore against a budget of â¹20 crore. The film has since gained a cult following among the fans and critics, who consider it as one of the best films of Kamal Haasan and Indian cinema.