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Baseraa (1981)

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Sharda and her sister Poornima alias Nima live with their widowed father. Since both have come of age, he first arranges Sharda's marriage with a businessman named Balraj Kohli. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Balraj Kohli
Rakhee Gulzar ...
Purnima Kohli aka Nima'
Poonam Dhillon ...
Sarita Sethi
Raj Kiran ...
Sagar Kohli
A.K. Hangal ...
Sharda's Father
Iftekhar ...
Dr. B.K. Gokhale
Master Vikas ...
Babbu Kohli
Rajan Verma ...
(as Raj Verma)
H.F. Mistry ...
(as Mrs. H.F. Mistry)
Kirit Vyas


Sharda and her sister Poornima alias Nima live with their widowed father. Since both have come of age, he first arranges Sharda's marriage with a businessman named Balraj Kohli. Subsequently, Poornima also marries a wealthy young man. But fate has other plans for Nima, for her husband tragically passes away in an accident, leaving her widowed. When Sharda sees her sister in a widow's garb, she loses her mental balance and is institutionalized in Pune Mental Hospital. After approximately 14 years, an inmate strikes Sharda on her head, she loses consciousness for several days. When she regains her senses, she remembers everything that happened 14 years ago, but is unable to recollect her life in the mental hospital. Her treating psychiatrist is ready to discharge her to the care of her husband and her family. Sharda comes home, everything is about the same, except that her son, Sagar, has grown up and is about to be engaged to Sarita Sethi, and Nima still wears a widow's garb. A few ... Written by rAjOo (

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Original story, superb performances!!
29 December 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I have always ranked Basera as one of the finest stories ever filmed in Hindi cinema. The film tells the story of a happy family suddenly faced with tragedy and how they try to cope with an altered situation.

Rakhee is brilliant in her role, if this was a Hollywood film, she would have certainly won an Oscar!! The scene where she yearns for her husbands affection upon her return is particularly touching, and the final scenes between Rakhee and Poonam Dhillon are simply fantastic and guaranteed to make you cry (by virtue of Rakhee's powerful performance)

Rekha has also played the character extremely well. Overall a great movie which has been lovingly directed, super performances topped with RD's fine music. Unfortunately a highly under-rated movie!

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