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Mohan Azaad (dialogue)
Mohan Azaad (screenplay)
Release Date:
28 September 2001 (India) See more »
A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Disturbing but Powerful See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tabu ... Mumtaz P. Sawant
Atul Kulkarni ... Potya Sawant
Rajpal Yadav ... 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 ... Pushpa
Upendra Limaye ... Goluldas Pandey
Manish Mehta ... Moim Khan
Shameem Shaikh ... Shabnam 'Shabbo' Sheikh
Seema Adhikari ... Rani
Narayani ... Anju
Dadhey Pandey ... Firoz (as Dadhi Pandey)
Dinesh Shetty ... Suresh Kali
Sunil ... Pasha
Sanjay Rana ... Arun Pawar
Anil Bhandarkar ... Madan Takla
Mangesh Hande ... Inspector Khan
Vishal Thakkar ... Abhay P. Sawant
Minakshi Sahani ... Payal P. Sawant
Devashish Shedye ... Inspector Shaikh
Anand Trishul ... Professor
Masud Mirza ... Masud Bhai
Jaikar Shetty ... Qureshi Bhai
Latesh Shah ... Customer
Satya ... Doorman
Sada ... Customer
Mit Chopra ... Choksi
Prem Kant Mishra ... Bar Manager
Prithviraj Shetty ... Abhay P. Sawant - 6 years (as Master Prithviraj Shetty)
Baby Taby ... Payal P. Sawant - 1 year
Suyog Khadye ... Abhay 'Abhya' P. Sawant - 1 year (as Master Suyog Khadye)
Naseem Khan ... Manya Khabri
Abhijit Lahiri ... ACP Prasad
Baba Machmach ... Henchman
Bhima Shankar ... Typist
Salim Azmi ... Wardboy
Shaikh Chacha ... Haji Bhai
Digambar ... Henchman
Sandeep ... Sandeep
Sangeet ... Siddhu
Ronak ... Guddu
Javed ... Juvenile Boy
Sarfarj ... Juvenile Boy
Manesh Ghate ... Baba Bhai
Manav ... Azhar
Bauji ... Press Reporter
Dinesh Singh ... Press Reporter
Kirthi Kantharia ... Customer

Directed by
Madhur Bhandarkar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohan Azaad  dialogue
Mohan Azaad  screenplay
Madhur Bhandarkar 
Masud Mirza  dialogue

Produced by
Lata Mohan .... producer
R. Mohan .... co-producer
Original Music by
Raju Singh (background score)
Cinematography by
Rajeev Ravi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hemal Kothari 
Art Direction by
Prasanna Karkhanis 
Yeshwant Patil 
Production Management
Amit Mohan .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Prakash Bhatia .... audiographer
Ajay Kumar P.B. .... pre-recording mixer
Music Department
Shubha Mudgal .... playback singer
Other crew
Madhur Bhandarkar .... concept
Kishore Oraskar .... choreographer
K.S. Ravindran .... production executive
Harish Shetty .... action director

Additional Details

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Czech Republic:150 min (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)
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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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing but Powerful, 8 October 2001
Author: gb-1 from Edmonton, Canada

This is one of the movies that allows to peek at the life of the people who have suffered and haven't seen the light at the end of the tunnel. The movie is very effective for it takes us into the life of a beer bar dancing girl (Mumtaz) in the city of Bombay, and shows us the rut that she is in and any attempts made by her to rise are in vain. The movie is both dark in content and in the lighting which is symbolic of the hopelessness and is very effective. Tabu's performance is noteworthy as she depicts the life of Mumtaz with absolute sincerity. Details, such as, her twirling the cord of the phone when she is in a state of hopelessness shows she has really immersed herself into the character. With her performance you never feel that she is putting on a show. The movie neither glamourizes nor demeans the profession of these girls and the director deserves praise for that. The lack of songs is highly appropriate for this movie as this is not a "feel good" movie. As a warning to the faint of heart, this movie is highly disturbing and should be avoided when depressed.

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