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Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Savita Bajaj ...
Neighbor with mentally ill son
Arun Bakshi ...
Police Inspector
Suresh Bhagwat ...
Sweeper
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Benwa (as Ranjeet Chowdhuri)
Salim Ghouse ...
Raghu
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Laxmi
Madan Jain
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Anna
Alka Kubal ...
Amli
Anjali Paigankar ...
Chenna
Sudhir Pandey ...
Bhandari (as Sudhir Pande)
Yunus Parvez ...
Minister
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Amma
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Looka
Uttam Sirur ...
Chamnya
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Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. Amma re-locates to a shanty slum near Dharavi, Bombay, where Benwa grows up and shines shoes for a living. Amma is sexually active with Looka, a hoodlum and extortionist who shows up once in while, and also has a steady relationship with trucker, Anna. Both Looka and Anna are unaware of each other. Looka gets Benwa married to Amli from a nearby slum & Anna gets Amma a much better shelter. All seems to be going well until the Police come looking for an injured Looka, when he robs a pharmacy in order to get medicines for himself. Watch what happens when the Police arrive and find a visibly pregnant Amma with Looka, and the impact this will have on her relationship with Anna. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Director Rabindra Dharmaraj died shortly before this film was released. See more »

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A great movie, very different to typical Bollywood
20 December 2005 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

I new this would be something different because Smita Patel was in it - I watched it 10 years ago on a used VHS but it made such a strong impression that I can remember it now. Why do I like it ? - It drew me in emotionally; - I wanted these people to break out of the slum; - I followed the movie through to the sad if not surprising end; - it left me gutted and touched; - the "gazals" are superb, the opening song sets the mood of the people, simply, after years of subjugation they may as well accept their lot.

If there is a "negative" aspect of the film is that the ending is not satisfying from a Hollywood standpoint. But thats what makes this such a great movie for me. Highly recommended.


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