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Sardari Begum (1996)

The Police are called to investigate the death of a woman during a riot. The woman was killed by a stone thrown by an agitated person. The woman killed is known in the community as "Sardari... See full summary »

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Hemraj
Kiron Kher ...
Smriti Mishra ...
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Jabbar Abbasi (as Shrivallabh Vyas)
Syed Khurshid ...
Young Jabbar
Rajit Kapoor ...
Sadiq Moosvi (as Rajit Kapur)
Rajeshwari Sachdev ...
Sakina
Salim Ghouse ...
Manik Sen
Surekha Sikri ...
Idbal Bai (as Surekha Sikri Rege)
S.M. Zaheer ...
Fateh Khan
Uttara Baokar ...
Hemraj's Wife
Ahmed Khan ...
Mehmood Abbasi
Ashok Lath ...
Mark D'Cruz
Kumud Mishra ...
Amode Bajaj
Ravi Jhankal ...
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The Police are called to investigate the death of a woman during a riot. The woman was killed by a stone thrown by an agitated person. The woman killed is known in the community as "Sardari Begum", a popular singer and courtesan in her time. This story chronicles are youth, her contacts, and her life-style. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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"Citizen Kane" of India
14 January 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Maybe it is based on a real life character and thats why there arent very many silly mistakes that most Hindi movies have. Screenplay is very good and the music is absolutely great. The movie reminds one of movies like "Rashomon" by Akira Kurosawa and "Citizen Kane" by Orson Welles. The ending is superb and leaves you with a subjective feeling. This movie is a part of trilogy starting in "Mammo" and ending in "Zubeeida". However, this movie the most independent of the three. The other two have lots of characters that spill over from one movie to the other.

Shyam Benegal is truly one of India's greatest directors.


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