Godmother (film)

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Directed by Vinay Shukla
Written by Vinay Shukla
Produced byRajat Sengupta
Starring Shabana Azmi
Milind Gunaji
Nirmal Pandey
CinematographyRajan Kothari
Edited by Renu Saluja
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date
3 September 1999 (1999-09-03)
Running time
150 min
Language Hindi

Godmother is a 1999 Hindi biographical drama film directed by Vinay Shukla released in 1999, and ostensibly inspired by the life of Santokben Jadeja, who ran the Mafia operations at Porbandar, Gujarat, in the late 1980s and early 1990s and later turned politician. [1]




Sanjeev Abhyankar (singing), Vishal Bhardwaj (music) and Javed Akhtar (lyrics) won the National Awards for this movie. The songs were:


National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

IIFA Awards

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  1. "Santokben 'Godmother' Jadeja dead". Rediff.com News. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2014.