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Lajja (2001)

Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 September 2001 (Kuwait)
Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala) gets married to Raghuvir (Jackie Shroff), an NRI. Suffering the agony of an unhappy marriage, she decides to run away from him when she learns that she is pregnant... See full summary »

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Ramdulaari
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Janki
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Bulwa
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Vaidehi
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Maithili (as Mahima Choudhary)
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Manish (as Sameer Soni)
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Raghu's dad
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Virender
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Purshotam
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Hazarilal
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Nekchand (Maithili's dad)
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Mrs. Saroj
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Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala) gets married to Raghuvir (Jackie Shroff), an NRI. Suffering the agony of an unhappy marriage, she decides to run away from him when she learns that she is pregnant and he wants to take the child away from her. In her pursuit for freedom, she meets Mythili (Mahima Chaudhury) a bride-to-be, Janaki (Madhuri Dixit) a theatre artist and Ramdulari (Rekha) a village midwife - all of whom are victims of male chauvinism. They however refuse to be put down and fight for their rights. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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When Tears Stop... A Revolution Begins

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Action | Crime | Drama | Musical

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Lajja - Schande  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£123,160 (UK) (31 August 2001)

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$376,000 (USA) (31 August 2001)
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was offered a role in the film, but the movie was already very long, forcing Rajkumar Santoshi had to drop her out. See more »

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Saajan Ke Ghar Jana Hai
Written by Sameer
Composed by Anu Malik
Performed by Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam and Richa Sharma
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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An absolute classic! Marvelous, simply marvelous!
6 June 2005 | by (India :-) ... -na :-(, USA) – See all my reviews

This is got to be a classic of Hindi cinema. It is so well done, technically and performance-wise and the selection of the top-class female cast alone is a reason to like this film. But most of all it did an outstanding job of taking on a serious issue and yet produce a powerful work of art that shines.

Right from the start, it is chilly, that cry of Ramdulai and the sari floating in the wind. This nightmare dream makes it clear that this is not going to be fun. The most disturbing events are shot in a frightening detail, but this is not a plain documentary like Bandit Queen, but is more elaborate as a movie for the common people. Thus the message is deeply moving but still bearable even to the more sensitive audience. The comedy and the action are well executed to lighten up the message, but they never become a purpose in themselves, and they always help in delivering the message of humanity, empowerment, and hope. Marvelous, simply marvelous!

I give this a 10/10 without the slightest doubt. It outshines even the greatest movies of recent years, such as Pinjar, Lagaan or Swades, Earth, Mission Kashmir, Roja, Bombay, and Dil Se. But Lajja is not for everyone. As a westerner I will say especially that this is not a beginner's film to Hindi cinema. If you don't have a fundamental love for India (yet), you should not watch this, instead watch Swades or Lagaan first.


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