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Chandni Bar (2001)

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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mumtaz P. Sawant
Atul Kulkarni ...
Potya Sawant
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Iqbal Chamdi
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Habib Bhai (as Vallabh Vyas)
Vinay Apte ...
Inspector Gaikwad
Abhay Bhargav ...
Hegde Anna
Ananya Khare ...
Deepa Pandey
Suhas Palshikar ...
Irfan Mamu (as Suhas Palsikar)
Uma Shankar Pandey ...
Rajanna
Varun Vardhan ...
Salim Chikna
Manoj Joshi ...
Chandrakant Bhau
Promodini Kadam ...
Meena
Sujata Naik ...
Farida
Shradha Naval ...
Upendra Limaye ...
Goluldas Pandey
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Mumtaz is a village girl whose family is killed in communal riots. She moves to Mumbai with her uncle, the only family member she has left. They are desperately poor and her uncle persuades her to become a bar girl at Chandni Bar. This is merely temporary, he promises, until he gets a job. Mumtaz is a shy girl who loathes the work, but she forces herself to dance and flirt. However, the uncle doesn't keep his promise; he lives on her earnings, drinking them away, and never gets a job. He adds one final, unforgivable crime to the list when he gets drunk and rapes her. By this time she has caught the eye of a gangster called Potiya Sawant. When she tells Potiya what her uncle did to her, Potiya decides to "defend her honor." Potiya shoots the uncle. Mumtaz, bereft of any male protection in the dangerous slums, marries Potiya. She is determined to make the best of things. She leaves the bar and stays home to raise her two children, whom she carefully protects from the world of ... Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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INR 12,500,000 (estimated)
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Quite effective. Makes you think of the miseries around...
6 December 2001 | by (Washington, US of A) – See all my reviews

Although I rented this movie on Video, I am still very moved by it. It was quite an experience. Hats off to the director and all the actors especially Tabu & Atul Kulkarni are very effective. The director has done a lot of non-routine stuff like the narration, the lights, the bar songs and background music etc. Hopefully the people get the right message the director wants to convey.


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