Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sohan (Saanvri's husband)
Shobha Devi
Dhanraj Meena (MLA)
Purnia Gujjar (sarpanch)
Lalit Tiwari ...
Tej Karan
Anupam Shyam ...
Mangal Panda (pandit)
Ashok Banthia
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
(as Shrivallabh Vyas)
Ravi Jhankal ...
Police Inspector
Mohan Bhandari


Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of the Hindu Shastras that demean women, particularly in Dhabri, a village in the state of Rajasthan. She does succeed in recruiting a young housewife, Saanvri, the mother of a young girl, Kamli, and wife of rickshaw driver, Sohan. Saanvri goes around the village raising awareness, and incurs the wrath of the village elders, mostly members of the Gujjar family. When Saanvri persists with her efforts, five of the men severely beat-up Sohan, and gang-rape Saanvri. A devastated Saanvri and Sohan decide to get justice. They go to the Police Station, but the Police Inspector refuses to lodge a complaint until and unless he gets a Medical report. The doctor will not issue a medical report until and until he gets Court Order. Sohan and Saanvri, with Shobha's help do go through this process, and a complaint is ... Written by rAjOo (

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Sandstorm  »

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A True Story of 1 Indian Woman's Courageous and Determined Quest for Justice
9 February 2016 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

......................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

If you don't like the message…Don't kill the messenger! This is a true story with nothing in the way of changes or embellishments. The producers of the film are modern, forward-looking Indian Nationals, who are appalled by many of the barbaric and inhumane traditions that are still prevalent in many rural areas of India.

"Sandstorm (Bawandar)" decries just about everything that is wrong with India. None of those hypnotic ditsy Bollywood tunes here! Nor the slick, stylized India shown to us in "Slumdog". It is a festering, oozing sore of excruciatingly brutal (but not graphic) gang rape, perpetrated by the village elders, no less; one woman's courageous and determined quest for justice; an openly misogynist society, where institutionalized fratricide of female babies and marrying off girls as young as 8 years old by arranged marriages is an everyday occurrence; Practices that most people think were abandoned centuries ago, still thriving in India! "Sandstorm" is a scathing indictment of issues such as the "Caste System" where those on the lowest rung are considered "untouchables".

A sensation of numbness overtook me, as one injustice after another cascaded before me! Yet, the dogged and unflinching determination demonstrated by rape victim, Saanvri, serves as a beacon of hope and is definitely the one bright spot of the film! This is a true story that MUST be told, just as its producers intended. Rating this film 9*, as I have, is by no means an endorsement of the vile crimes committed in this film, but instead, a show of solidarity with both the victim and the producers whose goal it was to make people aware of the dark side of India's tradition, culture and customs


Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

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