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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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Rohan Varma
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Vibhavari Sahay (as Rani Mukherji)
Konkona Sen Sharma ...
Subhavari Sahay
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Savitri
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Vivaan Varma
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Shivshankar Sahay
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Dulariya
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Bharati Achrekar ...
Sahay's neighbor
Tinnu Anand ...
Rajshankar 'Rajjo' Sahay
Harsh Chhaya
Ninad Kamat
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Mrs. Verma
Ameya Pandya
Sachin Parekh ...
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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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£246,442 (UK) (12 October 2007)

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$651,835 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Shubha Mudgal and Mita Vasisht
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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A Movie That Has To Be Seen At least Once
5 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There was a song by a similar title, sung many years back by the legendary K.L. Saigal.

Based on the old format about poverty, a movie production company hires a place in the Northern Indian city of Benares, where two sisters, Natasha and Chutki live with their parents. The father, Shivshankar Sahay, is against renting out his house to the movie company but has to accept it due to financial reasons. One night, upon request from one of the female members of the company, Natasha and Chutki go and watch a dance against their parents wishes. At the end of the performance, the three visit the female dancer, who tells Natasha that she is very pretty. But soon events turn for the worse and the movie production company, who had paid the family for the use of their house for filming, decide to withdraw and demand to have their money back. In the meantime, Natasha, who has had to leave college and help at home, has to admit her father to a hospital as he suffers heart problems and has to pay for him to be admitted. She decides to go to Mumbai and get a job as an actress as the female member of the movie had promised her. But nothing works out and in order to support her family, Natasha is forced to make up her mind as what she wants to do. But events force her to turn into a high class prostitute.

This is one movie, that Rani Mukherjee, as Natasha, tries to show her versatility as an actress and has proved it. The other bit of excellent acting is by Jaya Bachchan as her mother and also Abhishek and Konkona Sen. But Hema Malini, who makes a special appearance as the dancer, is just magnificent even though she's in it as "special appearance." The movie also stars Tinu Anand as Shishankar Sahay's evil brother.

Conclusion: This is worth watching at least once.


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