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Lajja (2001)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 19 September 2001 (Kuwait)
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The lives of four women from different places are the victims of male chauvinism and marital abuse. They decide to fight for their rights and dignity against the social norms and injustice.

Director:

Rajkumar Santoshi

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Ranjit Kapoor (dialogue), Ashok Rawat (associate script) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Manisha Koirala ... Vaidehi
Jackie Shroff ... Raghu
Madhuri Dixit ... Janki
Ajay Devgn ... Bulwa
Rekha ... Ramdulaari
Anil Kapoor ... Raju
Mahima Chaudhry ... Maithili (as Mahima Choudhary)
Danny Denzongpa ... Gajendra
Suresh Oberoi ... Raghu's dad
Gulshan Grover ... Virender
Tinnu Anand ... Purshotam
Sharman Joshi ... Prakash (as Sherman Joshi)
Govind Namdeo ... Hazarilal
Anjan Srivastav ... Nekchand (Maithili's dad)
Farida Jalal ... Mrs. Saroj
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Storyline

Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala) gets married to Raghuvir (Jackie Shroff), an NRI. Suffering the agony of an unhappy marriage, she decides to run away from him when she learns that she is pregnant and he wants to take the child away from her. In her pursuit for freedom, she meets Mythili (Mahima Chaudhury) a bride-to-be, Janaki (Madhuri Dixit) a theatre artist and Ramdulari (Rekha) a village midwife - all of whom are victims of male chauvinism. They however refuse to be put down and fight for their rights. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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When Tears Stop... A Revolution Begins

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Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

19 September 2001 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Lajja - Schande See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$376,000, 2 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$376,000, 2 September 2001
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Santoshi Productions See more »
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Color
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Aishwarya Rai was offered the film but she declined it. Later her role was scrapped from the film due to too many characters being in it. See more »

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Kaun Dagar Kaun Shehar
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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Disturbing......
2 March 2004 | by JAGDEVSSee all my reviews

This film about the plight of women in india is indeed deeply disturbing and angry.Shock value and ultra realism have been used to the max. The world needs to wake up and understand the plight of women in more conservative societies, and in general.The film has been well shot and the acting is of a high standard, though right from the scene where Madhuri dixit is shunned by all through to Rekhas brutal rape the film seems to leave a bad taste that sort of leaves you feeling very shaken up indeed. this film is not for the faint hearted or those who want as a close a look as they can at the plight of women in india.This movie wasn't enjoyable and I don't think it was meant to entertain even though there are some lighter moments in the film. I would give this a 7 out of 10. not bad not entirely brilliant either.


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