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:
Mumtaz P. Sawant
Atul Kulkarni ...
Potya Sawant
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 ...
Varun Vardhan ...
Salim Chikna
Manoj Joshi ...
Chandrakant Bhau
Promodini Kadam ...
Sujata Naik ...
Shradha Naval ...
Upendra Limaye ...
Goluldas Pandey


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 (

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28 September 2001 (India)  »

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INR 12,500,000 (estimated)

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Madhur Bhandarkar has written the role of Mumtaz for Tabu only. Infact he has pasted a picture of Tabu on the script. See more »

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Never A Story Told So Frankly! Masterpiece!
5 December 2012 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

Madhur Bhandarkar is amazing. Tabu is a glamorous Thespian! Not to mention Atul Agnihotri & Rajpal Yadav! Beautiful performances.

The emotion behind the life of a bar dancer in India and all the underlying difficulties - the ups and downs are depicted in this movie. The range (1886 - 2000) is narrated in a very effective manner.

The background aalaap, music, songs and all the rendition makes it a perfect movie.

The message her is so true that the audience really gets touched by it. With one of the few bold themes in the history of Bollywood, Chandni Bar stands out just like his other movies.

Be human, watch this and know how it feels to lead of life filled with utter baloney!

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO!

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