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Mandi (1983)

| Comedy, Drama | 1983 (India)
This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want ... See full summary »

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Shyam Benegal

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Shama Zaidi (screenplay), Satyadev Dubey (screenplay) (as Pt. Satyadev Dubey) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shabana Azmi ... Rukmini Bai
Smita Patil ... Zeenat
Naseeruddin Shah ... Tungrus
Amrish Puri ... Darvish
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Mr. Gupta
Saeed Jaffrey ... Mr. Agarwal
Om Puri ... Ram Gopal
Sreela Majumdar Sreela Majumdar ... Phoolmani
Neena Gupta ... Vasanti
Gita Siddharth ... Shantidevi
Sunila Pradhan Sunila Pradhan ... Mrs. Gupta
Soni Razdan ... Bordello girl
Anita Kanwar Anita Kanwar ... Parveena
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Malti (as Ratna Pathak)
Pankaj Kapur ... Shantidevi's assistant
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Storyline

This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want for its prime locality. They rally up against the brothel and its inhabitants in the name of morality, and soon everyone in the area jumps on the bandwagon. The politicians offer to put up an alternative residence for the prostitutes, only this place is miles away, isolated from the city. The madam of the house has no choice but to comply, but by the end things take a (logical) turn for the better. After all, men will be men. Written by ajmal hussain <ajmalsaab@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

1983 (India) See more »

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Market Place See more »

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Blaze Film Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Naseeruddin accepted the film without asking any questions. This was due to his guilt for saying no to Benegal for Kalyug. See more »

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Zabaane badalti hain
Sung by Asha Bhosle
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A good film, with a huge credibility problem
5 October 2004 | by ieuantiriarll-1See all my reviews

My main criticism is that Shabana Azmi, who's otherwise very, very good, is at least 15 years too young for the part of a middle aged madam. She looks barely older than Smita Patil, who's supposed to be her surrogate daughter.

In fact, for me, Shabana is easily the most alluring women in the movie - she could obviously do better by selling herself! Anyone agree?

A minor criticism is that Nasruddin Shah, who goes barefoot throughout, even on the roughest ground, is obviously accustomed to wearing shoes - I winced in sympathy with every step he took. BTW, can someone tell me if he's a Parsee. I think he looks like one.

I keep getting told that my comment doesn't run to ten lines. Does it now?


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