8.1/10
2,054
25 user 6 critic

Pinjar (2003)

Pinjar: Beyond Boundaries... (original title)
| Drama
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.

Director:

(as Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi)

Writers:

(additional dialogue), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

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

People who liked this also liked... 

Dor (2006)
Drama
    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
3 Deewarein (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
Drama
    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
Saaransh (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan
Satya (1998)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
Iqbal (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Iqbal, the deaf and mute son of a farmer, has a passion for the game of cricket and seeks the tutelage of a washed-up, alcoholic ex-player.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad, Shreyas Talpade
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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
Sadma (1983)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A head injury causes a woman to regresses to childhood. Lost and confused, she is eventually befriended by a school teacher.

Director: Balu Mahendra
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Gulshan Grover
Mausam (1975)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A medical student, Amarnath meets and falls in love with the daughter of a herbal medicine healer, Chanda while preparing for his exams in Darjeeling. He returns to Calcutta to sit his ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Om Shivpuri
Amar Prem (1971)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Nandkishore Sharma alias Nandu is born in the Sharma family. His mother tragically passes away, leaving him in the care of his father who decides to re-marry a woman named Kamla. Kamla is ... See full summary »

Director: Shakti Samanta
Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar
Aandhi (1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Suchitra Sen, Sanjeev Kumar, Om Shivpuri
Padosan (1968)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A simple man from a village falls in love with his new neighbor. He enlists the help of his musical-theater friends to woo the lovely girl-next-door away from her music teacher.

Director: Jyoti Swaroop
Stars: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Puro / Hamida
...
Rashid (as Manoj Bajpai)
...
Ramchand
...
Lajjo
...
Trilok
...
Rajjo
...
Mrs. Mohanlal
...
Mohanlal (Puro's dad)
...
Mrs. Shyamlal
...
...
Mad woman
...
Rahim's aunt
Samar Jai Singh
Adil Rana
Edit

Storyline

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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Beyond boundries

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Also Known As:

Pinjar  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.


13 of 14 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
GREAT movie - one of the best Indian period movie ever frizzco
Discuss Pinjar (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?