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Bhumika (1977)

Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar... See full summary »


Shyam Benegal


Hansa Wadkar (inspired by the book "Sangtye Aika") (as the late Hansa Wadkar), Girish Karnad (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Smita Patil ... Usha
Anant Nag ... Rajan
Naseeruddin Shah ... Sunil Verma
Amrish Puri ... Vinayak Kale
Amol Palekar ... Keshav Dalvi
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Film producer
Sulabha Deshpande ... Shanta
Baby Rukshana Baby Rukshana ... Young Usha (as Baby Ruksana)
B.V. Karanth B.V. Karanth ... Usha's Father
Dina Pathak ... Mrs. Kale
Mohan Agashe ... Siddharth
Kusum Deshpande Kusum Deshpande ... Shanta's Mother
Rekha Sabnis Rekha Sabnis ... Mrs. Yashwant Kale
Baby Bitto Baby Bitto ... Young Sushma
Savha Bajaj Savha Bajaj


Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar). Keshav takes a liking to young Urvashi, and encourages her to explore her talents in films, which she does, and does gain popularity, starting as a singer, then accomplishing herself as an actress/singer. She decides to marry Keshav, only to be discouraged by her own mother, but she is strong-willed, and does marry him. She has a baby girl after the marriage, but feels stifled and oppressed with Keshav, and has affairs with her co-star Rajan (Anant Nag), a film producer, Sunil Verma (Naseeruddin Shah), but ends up dissatisfied. Then she meets wealthy Vinayak Kale (Amrish Puri), and decides to settle down with him, little knowing that he is already married to another woman, and also has a son. By the time she finds out it is too late, she has already been accepted in his household, and any woman, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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based on true story of actress hansa Wadkar in 1940s
2 September 2010 | by samrendra1263See all my reviews

This film was a look at the life of the 1940's actress Hansa Wadkar. Smita Patil acting is as usual superb.other star cast was also amazing. with stalwart like Nasrrudin shah,Amol Palekar,late Amrish Puri ,Kulbhusan Kharbanda. this movie was going be proving yet amazing .movie it self is very fine, some people might think it unbelievable, but it was based on true story and dirtiness of film industry from the beginning. casting couch is not new thing as we think it happened before independence also. kudos to Benegal for making this movie in 70s. i loved it for the story Star cast, direction and every thing. Smita patil, nasrrudin shah, amrish puri and kulbhushan kharbanda has worked many time. and every they have been superb.mohan ahase in his small role was also worthy.

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11 November 1977 (India) See more »

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Blaze Film Enterprises See more »
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1.37 : 1
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