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  • Bhrastachar tells the story of a disparate group of characters whose lives overlap- Bhavani, a journalist fighting injustice and corruption; Janki a widow who becomes the mistress of local hoodlum Fatte to save her blind daughter; Inspector Ashutosh, to whom Bhavani entrusts Janki's safety and who maintains that even the police can take no action against Fatte, because politicians need hoodlums to remain in power; Purushottam, Fatte's political godfather who tries to win votes by promising the people a fair and an ideal government and Sattar, who, although himself a Don of the underworld, is not a vicious and depraved person like Purushottam and tries to help Bhavani.

  • Bhavani Dutt; an activist, Ashutosh Das; an alcoholic police officer and Abdul Sattar; a politician attempt to bring a criminal in disguise of a politician name Purshottam to justice. When their adventures begin to take wing Bhavani gets defame for maligning Purshottam's reputation and is jail for the murder of a prostitute named Deepali Das; the biological sister of Ashutosh. Ashutosh gets fired from his police job while Abdul Sattar is accused of raping and killing a blind girl name Gopi - with the three as liabilities this makes the way clear for Purshottam to contest in an election and win so that he can continue lording over the people in order to satisfy his selfish ego.

  • After the passing away of her newspaper editor husband, Karamveer Ganesh Dutt, Jayanti lives a poor lifestyle in Kangla Tola along with her social activist daughter, Bhavani, and an aspiring IAS officer son, Gopal. When Bhavani attempts to make better the lives of some prostitutes, including Janki and her blind daughter, Gopi, she meets with opposition from a goon named Phatte Dada. She approaches a seemingly corrupt, alcoholic and unkempt Police Inspector Ashutosh Das, who belittles her, but she does find some solace when she seeks the assistance of Purshottam, an aspiring politician, who had been influenced by none other than her dad. Purshottam inducts her in his political party, permits her to run a newspaper publication, as well as instructs criminal code proceedings against Phatte. Then Jayanti identifies Purshottam as her husband's killer and Bhavani's faith in Purshottam and in the Indian judicial system are shaken when she is held liable for defaming Purshottam's name and operating a brothel, her mother is accused of killing her father and is subsequently confined to a mental institute, Gopi is abducted, sexually molested, and killed allegedly by a hoodlum named Abdul Sattar, while Bhavani herself is subsequently arrested by Inspector Zoravar Singh for the murder of Deepali Das, the sister of Ashutosh, and a prostitute by profession.


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