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Aruna Raje (screenplay)
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31 August 1988 (India) See more »
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Directed by
Aruna Raje  (as Arunaraje)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aruna Raje  screenplay (as Arunaraje)
Aruna Raje  story (as Arunaraje)
Suraj Sanim  dialogue

Produced by
Aruna Raje .... producer (as Arunaraje)
Original Music by
Shaarang Dev  (as Sharangdev)
Cinematography by
S.R.K. Murthy  (as S.R.K. Moorthy)
Film Editing by
Aruna Raje  (as Arunaraje)
Art Direction by
Ashish Lakhia 
Meera Lakhia 
Makeup Department
Praveen Bhate .... makeup artist (as Parveen)
Ravi Indulkar .... makeup artist
Kamlesh Maheshwari .... makeup artist
Jairaj Patil .... makeup artist
Maria Sharma .... hair stylist (as Maria)
Shyam Sharma .... makeup artist
Production Management
Manohar Parithe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dinesh Mehra .... assistant director
Rajesh Parmar .... assistant director
Ramesh Shah .... assistant director
Niranjan Thade .... assistant director
Art Department
J.J. Bhende .... sets
Ramesh Mistry .... assistant art director
Ranchod Mistry .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Subhash Agrawal .... sound effects recordist (as Subhash Agarwal)
Raghuvir Date .... sound
Anup Dev .... assistant re-recordist
Tapan Neogi .... sound assistant (as Tapan Nioygi)
V.S. Raju .... sound assistant
Kuldip Sood .... sound re-recordist
Special Effects by
Arun Patil .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Kailash Athani .... assistant camera
Ramesh Manve .... spot boy
Narayan Saha .... assistant camera
Manoj Shinde .... spot boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gouri Chikhlikar .... assistant costumes
Aruna Raje .... costumes (as Arunaraje)
Mangal Rao .... assistant costumes
Editorial Department
Manohar Parithe .... assistant editor
Narayan Pawar .... assistant editor
Music Department
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer (as Asha Bhonsle)
Munmi Bora .... playback singer
Anupama Deshpande .... playback singer
Arun Ingle .... playback singer
Kavita Krishnamurthy .... playback singer (as Kavita Krishnamurty)
Pankaj Mitra .... playback singer
Murali Mizhar .... playback singer
Anil Mohile .... music arranger
Udit Narayan .... playback singer
Avinash Oak .... song recordist
Daman Sood .... song recordist
Other crew
Gurunath .... production assistant
D.S. Jaani .... production assistant
Kalpkala .... publicity designer
Vibha Naik .... dances
Noor .... junior artists supplier
Satish Patel .... production assistant
Anil Raipally .... production assistant
Habiba Rehman .... dances
Salim .... assistant junior artists supplier
Hilla Sethna .... publicist
Shekhar Shirodkar .... accountant
Milind Yewatkar .... production assistant
Jaswant Banvet .... grateful acknowledgment
M.T. Bhargava .... grateful acknowledgment
Kirit Choudhry .... grateful acknowledgment
S.N. Desai .... grateful acknowledgment (as Smt. & Shri S.N. Desai)
Mihir Joshi .... grateful acknowledgment (as Dr. Mihir Joshi)
N. Mohandas .... grateful acknowledgment
Smita Patil .... film dedicated to (as Smita)
Poornima .... grateful acknowledgment
Pratima .... grateful acknowledgment
Lalji Sharma .... grateful acknowledgment
Ajit Singh .... grateful acknowledgment (as Ajit Singh Banvet)
Gyan Singh .... grateful acknowledgment (as Gian Singh)
Ramesh Tekwani .... grateful acknowledgment
Laxmikant Upadhyaya .... grateful acknowledgment

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
About sexual frustration and infidelity, 17 August 2010
Author: Peter Young from Earth

Aruna Raje directs Rihaee, a bold and realistic movie which takes place in a small village. The men are far away in the big city, working to support their families, and the wives remain all alone, trying to survive the routine life by working in the fields and taking care of the kids, quietly awaiting their husbands' letters. From one post to another, the man find a way to satisfy themselves by visiting various brothels and sharing nights with different prostitutes, expecting their wives to remain loyal. But when a young city man named Mansukh visits the village, he manages to lay down several women. His personal project, however, is one woman named Taku, who is known to be the most decent of the women in the village, and who would not allow him to get even mildly close to her. But one day she too gets lost in her loneliness and her desire wins her principles. On top of that, she finds out she is pregnant and instantly lets her husband know about her betrayal once he comes back. While the husband thinks of forgiving her this one mistake, he is surprised by her firm assertion that she will never abort this child. That's where starts a great dilemma.

Interesting and engaging, Rihaee may surprise many with its honest and in-your-face portrayal of themes which had rarely been dealt with in Hindi cinema earlier. The film's proceedings are at times really shocking and unbelievable and are handled quite well, although at times I felt a kind of banality in the way the infidelity was depicted, given the fact that such incidents rarely happen, particularly in such culturally and socially conservative and rural areas in India. The film's main idea and purpose is to address women empowerment and to raise a voice against discrimination in this regard. Raje's portrayal of the story is feminist but fair, and although the film does manage to provoke different personal thoughts, somewhere she fails to achieve the necessary sensitivity it requires and it is not uniformly convincing. The main conflict, however, would definitely bring to different opinions among viewers who see the film and interpret the main situation from their personal points of view, and that's an achievement on its own. I too have my own opinion about it, but I would keep it to myself as it does not belong here.

Now to the main reason Rihaee is ever mentioned and discussed, and it's obviously the great Hema Malini; this is one of Malini's lesser known roles, and according to me one of her most underrated works. As Taku, she shows how deep she can go in her exploration of a woman's mind. This is a role one would usually expect to see Shabana Azmi or Smita Patil playing, but Malini does a great job of it. She convincingly displays the many shades of her character, including Taku's toughness, vulnerability, inner conflict and regret and at the same time her steady determination and willingness to fight the entire world for her rights. Vinod Khanna is excellent as her loving and tormented husband. Naseeruddin Shah plays the young Casanova who woos all the lonely and frustrated wives of the village, and he unsurprisingly nails the part. Rihaee is a good film. It may have its flaws, but its message is clear and successfully conveyed. Above all, it will be remembered mostly for Hema Malini's performance.

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