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Pinjar (2003)

Pinjar: Beyond Boundaries... (original title)
In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn.

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Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (as Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi)

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Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (additional dialogue), Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Urmila Matondkar ... Puro / Hamida
Manoj Bajpayee ... Rashid (as Manoj Bajpai)
Sanjay Suri ... Ramchand
Sandali Sinha ... Lajjo
Priyanshu Chatterjee ... Trilok
Isha Koppikar ... Rajjo
Lillete Dubey ... Mrs. Mohanlal
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Mohanlal (Puro's dad)
Farida Jalal ... Mrs. Shyamlal
Alok Nath ... Shyamlal (Ramchand's dad)
Seema Biswas ... Mad woman
Sudha Shivpuri ... Rashid's mother
Dina Pathak ... Rahim's aunt
Samar Jai Singh Samar Jai Singh
Adil Rana Adil Rana
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Hindustan (Urdu name for India) used to a vast territory and countries' like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangla Desh, and Bhutan were all it's provinces. All this changed when the British established their rule over India, and promoted their policy of hatred, and division - mainly between the Hindus and the Muslims. After their departure in 1947, the celebrations of a independent India were short-lived, and the divisions created by the British stayed on and flourished with extremists from both sides ready to kill anyone from the other side. While the Muslims under Jinnah wanted a separate country, which they would like to call Pakistan, the Hindus wanted the Muslims to leave this country and go to Pakistan. Clashes followed, millions fled, millions more were killed, Very little is known of mankind's heinous behavior in this circumstances, such as looting, raping, and kidnapping. puro was one such woman who was recently married to Ramchand, and then abducted by a man named Rashid, who ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Beyond boundries

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

24 October 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Pinjar See more »

Filming Locations:

Amritsar, Punjab, India See more »

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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Manoj Bajpai was angry that he was nominated in the Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor category . He stated he was the male actor in the film and it was not a supporting role. See more »

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16 April 2007 | by jbengel-2See all my reviews

I come to Pinjar from a completely different background than most of the other reviewers who have posted here. I'm relatively new to Bollywood films and was born and raised in the US. So I don't have a broad basis for comparing Pinjar to other Indian films. Luckily, no comparison is needed.

Pinjar stands on its own as nothing less than a masterpiece.

In one line I can tell you that Pinjar is one of the most important films to come out of any studio anywhere at any time. On a mass-appeal scale, it *could* have been the Indian equivalent of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" had it been adequately promoted in the US. This could very well have been the film that put Bollywood on the American map. The American movie-going public has a long-standing love affair with "Gone With the Wind", and while Pinjar doesn't borrow from that plot there are some passing similarities. Not the least of which is the whopping (by US standards) 183-minute run time.

Set against the gritty backdrop of the India-Pakistan partition in 1947-48 is a compelling human drama of a young woman imprisoned by circumstances and thrust into troubles she had no hand in creating. Put into an untenable position, she somehow manages to not only survive, but to grow -- and even flourish.

If the story is lacking in any way, it's in the exposition. Puro's (the protagonist) growth as a person would be better illustrated -- at least for western audiences unfamiliar with Indian culture -- if her character's "back story" were more fully developed in the early part of the film. But that would have stretched a 3-hour movie to 3 1/2 hours or perhaps even more. Because not one minute of the film is wasted, and none of what made it out of editing could really be cut for the sake of time. Better that the audience has to fill in some of what came before than to leave out any of what remains.

I could use many words to describe Pinjar: "poignant", "disturbing", "compelling", "heart-wrenching" come to mind immediately. But "uplifting" is perhaps as apropos as any of those. Any story that points up the indomitability of the human spirit against the worst of odds has to be considered such. And Puro's triumph -- while possibly not immediately evident to those around her -- is no less than inspirational. For strength of story alone I cannot recommend this film highly enough.

Equally inspiring is Urmila Matondkar's portrayal of Puro. All too often overlooked amid the bevy of younger, newer actresses, Urmila has the unique capability to deliver a completely credible character in any role she plays. She doesn't merely act Puro's part, she breathes life into the character. Manoj Bajpai's selection as Rashid was inspired. He manages something far too few Indian film heroes can: subtlety. His command of expression and nuance is essential to the role. He brings more menace to the early part of the film with his piercing stare than all of the sword-wielding rioters combined.

If you only see one Bollywood film in your life, make it Pinjar.


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