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Chingaari (2006)

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In the village of Rangpur, District of Badlapur, India, lives Narainda, who has been the Postmaster for the last over 35 years. He has patiently awaited the arrival of an assistant so that ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sushmita Sen ...
Mithun Chakraborty ...
Bhuvan Panda
Anuj Sawhney ...
Chandan Mishra
Ila Arun ...
Padmavati
Anjan Srivastav ...
Narainda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suresh Abhas ...
Raju
Ravi Gossain ...
Chintu
Preeti Joshi ...
Bijli
Swini Khara ...
Titli
Jhumma Mitra ...
Rupali
Anita Neha ...
Chameli
Preeti Prakash ...
Phulwa
Shankar Sachdev ...
Mukhiya (as Shankar Sachdeva)
Ashika Sagar ...
Gulabo
Lakhwinder Singh ...
Subodh
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In the village of Rangpur, District of Badlapur, India, lives Narainda, who has been the Postmaster for the last over 35 years. He has patiently awaited the arrival of an assistant so that he can consider retiring. His assistant does arrive in the shape and form of Chandan Mishra. Narainda teaches him to deliver mail, take a rupee for reading mail out aloud; and avoid much contact with the prostitutes of Lal Batti. But the women of Lal Batti, Phulwa, Gulabo, Bijli, Basanti, Padmavati, and young Titli, the daughter of Basanti, are drawn to Chandan, and he becomes a frequent visitor there. The local High Priest Bhuvan Panda, who also visits Basanti late at night to satisfy his sexual lust, does not appreciate Chandan's frequent visits, especially after he finds out that Chandan is educated and very outspoken. Then a mysterious admirer of Basanti starts sending her love letters and even proposes marriage. When Bhuvan finds out, he forbids anyone from going to Lal Batti, as in his mind ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Sushmita Sen was not the first choice. Kalpana Lazmi had offered the role to Raveena Tandon, Bipasha Basu and Preity Zinta before her. See more »

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Powerful, fantastic performances, but still doesn't gel
23 March 2006 | by (San Jose, CA, US) – See all my reviews

First of all, hats off to the cast for giving such power-packed performances. I would say Sushmita did her best in this movie. Ila Arun was also sensational! This is truly Mithun's comeback film. He proved his high caliber and extraordinary talent, which I was completely unaware of. Elaan and Lucky didn't showcase his talent at all. The story is bold, and Lajmi courageously exposes an injustice in the Indian villages prevalent since the beginning of society where hypocrites like the priest played by Mithun thoroughly exploit the caste system and play the role of God, giving an ultimatum on every issue in the village while womanizing and abusing prostitutes at night. However, despite all of the film's strengths, these issues have been tackled numerous times in Bollywood. This film, particularly its climax, reminded me a lot of Daman. What is also irritating is that Chingaari is in the form of a narrative. At times it becomes extremely boring. I think Lajmi didn't do a good job converting from a theater production to a cinema format. I would prefer to see this on the stage than on DVD.


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