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Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001)

The Saikias are a wealthy family, consisting of father, mother, and two unmarried sons, Sanjoy and Sunil. Sanjoy is the elder of the two, who refuses to marry, and the rest of the family ... See full summary »


Kalpana Lajmi (as Kalpana Lazmi)


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Credited cast:
Raveena Tandon ... Durga Saikia
Sayaji Shinde ... Sanjay Saikia
Sanjay Suri ... Sunil Saikia
Raima Sen ... Deepa Saikia
Ranjan Koshal Ranjan Koshal ... Sailen Mahanta
Bharti Jaffrey Bharti Jaffrey ... Laxmi Goswami
Shaan ... Kaushik Nath (as Shaan (II)
Nippon Goswami Nippon Goswami ... Surya Narayan Goswami
Kalpana Barua Kalpana Barua ... Chameli
Ishaan Barua Ishaan Barua ... Bisnu Prasad Saikia
Girija Das Girija Das ... Mukut Saikia
Indra Bania Indra Bania ... Sardar
Jharna Bishaya Jharna Bishaya ... Putoli
Dinesh Bishaya Dinesh Bishaya ... Naren
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chetana Das ... House Servant (as Chetona)


The Saikias are a wealthy family, consisting of father, mother, and two unmarried sons, Sanjoy and Sunil. Sanjoy is the elder of the two, who refuses to marry, and the rest of the family have to live with his temper tantrums, alcoholism, and patronizing prostitutes. They decide to get him married to a woman named, Durga, who comes from a lower caste, & a poor family, who they believe will be able to live with Sanjoy and his weaknesses. Sanjoy initially refuses to marry Durga, but when his mother threatens to cut him off from her will and estate, he relents and marries her. Thus begins Durga's nightmare with Sanjoy - right from day one. On the very first night Sanjoy decides to spent it with a prostitute named Chameli, who gets pregnant. He subsequently forcibly has sex with Durga, and gets her pregnant too, but blames her pregnancy on Sunil. Durga gives birth to a daughter, Deepa, much to Sanjoy's disappointment, as he had expected a son. Years pass by, Deepa is now 12 years old, and ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A victim of marital rape








Hindi | Assamese

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4 May 2001 (India) See more »

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Muzaffar Ali was earlier making a film titled Daman. Starring Zeenat Aman, Suresh Oberoi, Leela Naidu,Saeed Jaffery . He ended up shelving the film and restarting it with Rajesh Khanna and Manisha Koirala. Once again he shelved the film. See more »


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A horrible movie with a horrible direction
2 July 2010 | by jahangirhussain74See all my reviews

'Daman' directed by feminist director Kalpana G. Lajmi is one of the most horrible movies I have seen in my life. Honestly, I expected a better movie from Lajmi who had previously given us critically acclaimed movies like Rudaali and Darmiyaan. But sadly, I was letdown.

'Daman' is the story of a meek woman named Durga played by Raveena Tandon who suffers endless domestic violence from her psychotic husband, Sanjay Saikia played by Sayaji Shinde. Still, Durga carries on with her life with the only crutch in the family, her brother-in-law Sunil played by Sanjay Suri. But unfortunately in a state of rage, Sanjay kills Sunil and Durga is left alone to survive with her only daughter. But her evil husband plans to marry his daughter (who is only 12) to a much older man. Eventually, Durga runs away with her daughter only to be found again by her sadistic husband. What will happen to Durga and her daughter?

The movie has many flaws. The script is badly handled. If Lajmi was to show the theme of marital rape (which the poster of 'Daman' shouts out loud), then she should've handled the theme with extreme care. But sadly, she doesn't even provide any explanation for the rape. The rape scene was ostensibly shot leaving the audience to guess what's happening. Furthermore, Sunil acts beastly with almost every member in the family. So it's more than spousal abuse.

Raveena Tandon could've shined in the movie and she can emote well. But the script couldn't do justice to her role. Sayaji Shinde is the worst piece of casting in the movie. Sanjay Suri had nothing to do. Singer-turned-actor Shaan should consider going back to acting school or to leave acting forever. Because he doesn't even know the definition of acting. Same can be said for Raima Sen who plays Raveena's daughter in the movie.

Cinematography is mundane and the beautiful locales of Assam haven't been captured to the fullest. Editing is horrible.

A complete no-no for any movie-goers.

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