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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 (as Rajpal Yadav)
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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A Bewitching Tale of Bombay.
6 January 2005 | by (Heraganahalli, India) – See all my reviews

I have seen lot of movies where one face lingers that made a tremendous impact on the senses-and it happens to be an actress that is not seen often-since the tendency is to concentrate on the name actors. The actress that I am referring to is Anaya Khare who played the part of kumud in "Devdas". She has incredible screen presence like the other character played by Atul Kulkarni. Both have performed well to the extent that they should be worthy of awards or recognition. The movie is stark with all the nakedness of the underground "Bombay" exposed, this is as black and white in contrast to the colorful dancers of "Chandni Bar". The movie is riveting with a great direction by Madhur Bhandarkar of "Satta" Fame-in fact this was one of the reason that I saw the movie. Tabu is a good actress but I think she is overrated. This movie is parallel to a recently released book "Maximum City" written by Suketu Mehta (most engrossing book on Mumbai and India that I have ever read-writtien by an NRI,) which depicts the other world that existed from time immemorial and will continue to exist with the characters that are mere mortals.


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