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Damini - Lightning (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  30 April 1993 (India)
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Credited cast:
Meenakshi Sheshadri ...
Damini Gupta
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Tinnu Anand ...
Shekhar's Uncle
Sulabha Arya ...
Shekhar's aunt
Suhas Bhalekar
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Govind
Anu Dhawan
Vijayendra Ghatge ...
Inspector Kadam
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Mrs. Sumitra Gupta (Shekhar's mom)
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Shekhar Gupta
Ashwin Kaushal ...
Rakesh Gupta
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Himself
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Mr. Gupta (Shekhar's dad)
Viju Khote ...
Mangesh
Prajakta Kulkarni ...
Urmi - Maid Servant
Madhav Moghe
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The theme revolves around the character Damini who represents truth and innocence. After her marriage in renowned wealthy family, Damini happens to see a cruel act done by her brother-in-law. She wants the victim to get justice, but the family including her husband oppose her, which leads her to leave the house. Soon she is helped by a drunkard, an ex-advocate, who helps her in all respect to reach to her aim and therefore justice. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Meenaxi Sheshadri got most recognition for her role and won laurels though ironically she missed the best actress, rumors has it that it hurt her and she decided to quit Bollywood. See more »

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Wonderful depiction of reality!!!!!!
2 November 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Damini can be summarized as the hallmark of 4 people - Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri and of course, Rajkumar Santoshi. All of them are at their exhilarating best in this movie. Not many movies have given such ample scope to an actress in India. Meenakshi Sheshadri does a fabulous job in this.

Rajkumar Santoshi has done realistic and hard-hitting movies, this tops them all. If you thought Ghayal was wonderful, this is terrific. He continued the same trend with Ghatak. They Sunny Deol-Rajkumar Santoshi is the Indian version of Martin Scorsese-Robert DeNiro.

Amrish Puri is another deserving mention. No actor can portray a villainous role better than Puri saab. He excels here as the scheming and "partially-deaf" lawyer, Inderjeet Chaddha who has a habit of swaying his hair.

All the supporting cast were wonderful. I have always hated Rishi Kapoor as an actor (mainly because of those white pants, white shoes and dhol songs) apart from Bobby. But this is one movie in which he brings the depth and range of a Kapoor. Kulbhushan Kharbanda has always been a fantastic, but underrated actor. In fact, he has been underutilized even in this movie. Tinnu Anand is an excellent supporting act. Not to forget, the Hari Kaka has also done a good job (the final frozen shot of the movie).

I have kept this section for last deliberately - Sunny Paaji's National Award winning performance. Everyone knows Sunny Paaji's best performances have been in Rajkumar Santoshi's movies, but this performance can be talked only in superlative terms. As the drunk, disinterested yet smart lawyer, he delivers the performance of his life. Even if you are not a Sunny Deol fan, you will certainly become one after watching this. If you started watching Sunny Deol movies with movies like "Indian", "Jaal", etc, you have got a wrong start. Start with Ghayal, Damini and Ghatak.

A must watch movie, if you watch movies very closely for their depth and reality. My rating: 8/10.


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