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
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
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 (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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28 September 2001 (India)  »

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Танцующая на грани  »

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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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Heavy but very good
25 June 2003 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

A riveting, extremely well-acted movie. Also, one of the most depressing I've ever seen. If you're looking for upbeat Bollywood fare, go elsewhere. This is an excellent film, but the main character is put through the ringer time and again, and the story takes you with her.

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