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Amal (2008)




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When a destitute New Delhi rickshaw driver generously allows his eccentric passenger to dodge his fare, the generous act sends his fate careening in a wholly unanticipated direction in first time filmmaker Richie Mehta's heartfelt portrait of early-21st Century India. Amal (Rupinder Nagra) drives a motorized rickshaw on the crowded streets of New Delhi. One day, while spiriting a beautiful fare to her destination, the passenger's purse is snatched by a pint-sized cutpurse. Determined to rescue the woman's valuables, Amal gives chase to the little girl, who is stricken by a car after ducking into traffic. While Amal dutifully rushes the girl to the hospital and agrees to pay her medical bills, he realizes that he cannot afford the expense. But there is hope for both Amal and the injured young thief, because the fare that the rickshaw driver allowed to walk free was in fact an eccentric millionaire named G.K. Jayaram (Naseeruddin Shah). At the time Amal picked G.K. up, the ageing family patriarch was growing increasingly perturbed with his grasping children - all of whom seemed to hear a cash register ringing when their father fell ill. In one final act of anonymous generosity, G.K. bestowed Amal his entire fortune. But the executor of G.K.'s estate has only thirty days to find one common rickshaw driver in a bustling city of 14 million, otherwise the money reverts back to the millionaire's rightful family. While it's plain to see who would benefit from the money the most, the prospect of the estate executer actually locating Amal is growing slimmer with each passing day and G.K.'s greedy family is willing to get downright vicious in order to claim the inheritance as their own.

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Koel Purie
as Pooja Seth
Naseeruddin Shah
as G.K. Jayaram
Seema Biswas
as Advocate Sapna Agarwal
Vik Sahay
as Vivek Jayaram
Roshan Seth
as Suresh Gupta
Ellora Patnaik
as Casino Director
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Critic Reviews for Amal

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Moving ending won't satisfy all viewers, but shows admirable devotion to the film's notion that "Sometimes the poorest of men are the richest."

August 8, 2008
Top Critic

There is nothing obvious about the story, which moves carefully and unpredictably, taking us through the streets of Delhi with a view from the back of a rickshaw.

August 8, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Most of the actors invest their characters with enough warmth to render them fully human.

August 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

A hypnotic mix of old home footage, archival pulls and shadowy portraiture, Amal fixes its gaze on an arresting protagonist whose complex transformation alternates between foreground and background for her country's volatile surroundings.

October 24, 2018 | Full Review…

However one measures success, though, Amal is unquestionably a rich cinematic experience.

August 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Accept it without cynicism and it shines, a light along the path as we explore human nature through cinema.

August 8, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Amal

A hidden gem. Amal is a fairy tale of the working poor in India that concludes with a moral of true happiness.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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