Pinjar (2003)
"Pinjar: Beyond Boundaries..." (original title)

 |  Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 1,696 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 6 critic

In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn.


(as Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi)


(additional dialogue), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

9 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Three Walls (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Juhi Chawla
Parzania (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A parsi family struggles to find thier son in a genocide carried out by vested interests outfits during 2002, commonly known as Gujarat riots, where more than 2000 Muslims died in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Director: Rahul Dholakia
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Corin Nemec, Sarika
Haasil (2003)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Anirudhh, a law-abiding college student, in love with Niharika, gets caught up in college politics and crime, and must fight it out for himself, when friends turn into foes.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Stars: Jimmy Shergill, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Irrfan Khan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen
Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni
Firaaq (2008)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots.

Director: Nandita Das
Stars: Inaamulhaq, Nasser, Shahana Goswami
Dor (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Stars: Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, Gul Panag
Chandni Bar (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Geeta Rao has two admirers - one is Siddharth Tyabji and the other is Vikram Malhotra circa 1969 West Bengal that is witnessing it's struggle against the ruling Congress party, joining ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra
Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Shiney Ahuja, Chitrangda Singh
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings, the father bangs on a steel plate to attract the attention of all the villagers, ... See full summary »

Director: Manish Jha
Stars: Tulip Joshi, Sudhir Pandey, Sushant Singh
Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A woman falls for a charming and mysterious businessman. The whirlwind romance turns sour when she is framed for his underworld crimes. Now, finally out of prison she is ready for sweet revenge.

Director: Sriram Raghavan
Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Seema Biswas
Satya (1998)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young man named Satya (J.D Chakravarthy) comes to Mumbai from South India in search of a job. Jailed for something he did not do, the once-honest young man meets an underworld boss, Bhiku... See full summary »

Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal
Mirch Masala (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta
Stars: Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale


Cast overview, first billed only:
Urmila Matondkar ...
Puro / Hamida
Rashid (as Manoj Bajpai)
Sandali Sinha ...
Priyanshu Chatterjee ...
Mrs. Mohanlal
Mohanlal (Puro's dad)
Farida Jalal ...
Mrs. Shyamlal
Alok Nath ...
Mad woman
Sudha Shivpuri
Dina Pathak ...
Rahim's aunt
Samar Jai Singh
Adil Rana


Hindustan (Urdu name for India) used to a vast territory and countries' like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangla Desh, and Bhutan were all it's provinces. All this changed when the British established their rule over India, and promoted their policy of hatred, and division - mainly between the Hindus and the Muslims. After their departure in 1947, the celebrations of a independent India were short-lived, and the divisions created by the British stayed on and flourished with extremists from both sides ready to kill anyone from the other side. While the Muslims under Jinnah wanted a separate country, which they would like to call Pakistan, the Hindus wanted the Muslims to leave this country and go to Pakistan. Clashes followed, millions fled, millions more were killed, Very little is known of mankind's heinous behavior in this circumstances, such as looting, raping, and kidnapping. Lajjo was one such woman who was recently married to Ramchand, and then abducted by a man named Rashid, who... Written by rAjOo (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Beyond boundries




See all certifications »





Also Known As:

Pinjar  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The director of this movie has also directed Chanakya. The most acclaimed tv series in doordarshan era See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A movie for the thinking public
1 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

I was haunted for days after watching this movie. Spent several nights tossing and turning. What makes this movie stand out is the authenticity. Since the movie is based on a novel by Amrita Pritam, a woman who experienced the trauma of partition first hand, the original story was bound to have a soul. Add to that Dwivedi's penchant for perfection, and we have a classic.

Urmila's relation with Manoj Bajpai, and the way it evolves, could not have been portrayed more authentically. The guilt on Manoj Bajpai's face makes your heart reach out to him. You want to go there and console him, tell him its not his fault.

Lilette Dubey's lullaby (original poetry by Amrita Pritam), can bring tears to the eyes. The scene where Urmila self aborts or the one where she tries to wash away the tattoo from her hand, stand out. The way she rescues Sandhali Sinha brings a sad smile to your face. And the climax is so poignant, there are no words to describe it.

This movie should have been India's official entry for the Oscars and should have participated in each and every film festival anywhere in the world. In fact, Amrita Pritam deserves a Nobel prize for this one. I have never seen a better Bollywood movie, and don't think ever will.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Should have been at the Oscars Manisha_Mishra
Way above usual Filmfare Crap manavjotsingh
Gathered 'bell bottoms' featured in the movie? kristinaballerinagirl
any other movie on women left behind? anshul2001anshul
Tattooing name on arm? popesantaxiv
Discuss Pinjar (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: