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Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman (2007)

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A woman sacrifices her own happiness and reputation to financially support her family by working as a call girl.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vibhavari Sahay
Savitri (as Jaya Bachchan)
Subhavari Sahay
Vivaan Varma
Shivshankar Sahay
Rohan Varma
Dulari Bai
Sunil Butalia
Mr. Gupta
Rajju Chacha
Taraana Raja ...
Ninad Kamat ...


Based in Varanasi, Shivshankar Sahay lives a poor lifestyle along with his wife, Savitri, and two daughters, Vibhavari and Subhavari. The family struggles and at times is even unable to pay the electricity charges. They attempt in vain to rent their heritage yet dilapidated home to a filmmaker. When Shivshankar's elder brother, Rajshankar, files a petition a court to take over the house, he has a stroke and is hospitalized. Vibhavari tells the family that she has managed to obtain a job in Mumbai and re-locates. She then regularly sends money and is not only able to improve their lifestyle but also has Subhavari obtain a Masters Degree. Subhavari completes her education and also re-locates to Mumbai, where she is reunited with her sister. Subhavari then meets with Vivaan and both fall in love with other. Vibhavari gets to meet Vivaan and approves of him, while Subhavari is introduced to Vivaan's grandmother. A marriage is then planned in Varanasi, and it is only at the 11th hour that ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weg einer Frau  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£246,442 (UK) (12 October 2007)


$651,835 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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The film was originally titled " Choodiyan". See more »


References Chak de! India (2007) See more »


Hum To Aise Hain Bhaiyan
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan, Swanand Kirkire, Pranab Biswas and Shreya Ghoshal
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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Pretty decent one ....
27 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I started out with a pretty bleak expectation, to be honest, but it was not all that bad after a 2+ hours.

Though I was very impressed the ad-man Pradeep Sarkar's first outing, Parineeta. It was one of the best of that year. I began with expectations of good cinematography. But as the movie unfolded, it was hard to disregard the story to watch each and every frame! Certainly the frames, esp the Benaras ghat scenes were very artistically done. One can be pretty much sure of artistic delight of Pradeep Sarkar's penchant for visuals.

Acting wise, it's Rani Mukherjee's solo movie. I don't remember seeing her in a pivotal role in any film. So much so that, her co-star Abhishek Bachchan almost seems a gust appearance in the movie. Kunal Kapoor does good job in his role. (Why does every working professional hero/heroine in the Hindi movies have to do a job in ad-industry?) Konkana SenSharma - the only character I thought was a miscast. A big fan of her, almost all her movies - but her role in this movie looks sorta fake! Its not matter of the middle-class-family daughter in Benaras or working professional (ad-industry, of course) in Bombay. For that matter, last year, Vishaal Bharadwaj shot her beautifully in Omkara! I just think she is not commercial-movie-type. She seems very fake, when trying to dance or sing.

Shantanu Moitra's music is passable. 'Hum to aise hain bhaiyya' is hummable by the time you finish watching the movie, because it keeps playing in the movie throughout. This is a typical filmy album, with few happy, a dance number, a sad song, the usual fair. The only song really stands out is the sort of hip-hop number with Mita Vashisth's voice with Shubha Mudgal's rendition of Manna Dey's old classic, 'Laaga chunari mein daag'.

Lastly, I am truly happy for Pradeep Sarkar. Here's a man, who came to the industry very late in his career, but I am glad he did. In fact, I think going to Switzerland for Yash Chopra's movies is a must, so he does! But really, he doesn't need to go abroad to make his visuals appealing, he has enough colors in his desi palette to fill the canvas!

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