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When a small town girl Badki (Rani Mukerji) from Banaras lands in the big bad city of Mumbai to earn an honest living for her family back home - things don't go exactly as she hoped. When her kid sister Chutki (Konkona Sen Sharma) comes face to face and her double life is revealed the 2 sisters are in a confrontation that none of them expected or would have dreamt of in their wildest dreams - the whole family is thrown in to a tumultuous storm. Everything threatens to explode in their faces leaving a trail of destruction.Written by
This movie premiered on Oct 12, 2007. I was not too keen to watch another family drama but my friend Pratibha insisted that its not going to be a run-of-the-mill flick so I relented. I must say she was right and the movie worth the moolah! It begins with a song and dance routine featuring Shubhavari (Konkona Sen a.k.a Chutki) and Vibhavari (Rani Mukerji a.k.a Badki) on the river bank, meandering thru the by-lanes and leading to an old mansion in Benaras where we also get introduced to Anupam Kher (Shiv Shankar Sahay) and Jaya Bachchan (Sabitri) who are the leading ladies' parents. Everything's not hunky dory though-Kher's brother (played by Tinu Anand) and his son Ratan want to usurp the mansion and the family is distressed by occasional threats, quarrels and mounting litigation expenses. Anupam Kher is keeping poor health and Jaya Bachchan stitches clothes day in day out to supplement the family income.
A film unit wants to hire the Kher mansion and pays them Rs.75000 but the windfall is momentary as the shoot is canceled. Distressed by her family's penury Vibha (Rani) lies to her folks about landing a job in Mumbai thanks to Sofia-the girl from the film unit. She lands in Mumbai and Sofia agrees to help her though her cold behavior suggests otherwise. Rani's lack of education sees her being chucked out from various jobs. Sofia's friend gives her some references but these don't work out either. Meanwhile Kher suffers a heart attack and Sofia's friend's boss spots Rani and agrees to help her. He asks Rani to spend the night with her-she is shocked but her family's condition makes her take the extreme step only to be told later that there was no job in the offing.
Sofia asks Rani to leave and she goes and puts up at Michelle's place-the latter asks Rani to wield her power over men instead of being used by them. She helps Rani with her makeover and Rani becomes a top-notch escort and is soon flush with money-she sends money home regularly thereby helping her family to get rid of its poverty.
During her flight to Zurich, Vibha meets Rohan (Abhishek B) and they share some light moments before she returns to Mumbai. Shortly before intermission Rani meets Ratan who threatens to spill the beans back home unless she pays him Rs.25000 every month. Rani agrees. She comes home to find her sister who has landed a job in Mumbai.
Shubha (Konkona) meets and falls in love with Vivaan (Kunal Kapoor) who is Rohan's (AB's) younger sibling. Their marriage is fixed and shortly before flying to Benares Shubha finds out her elder's sister's dark secret. Initially she is shocked and annoyed but soon realizes that her sister did everything to support the family and she pursues Rani to accompany her back home.
Alright fellas, you gotta watch the rest...lol! Rani Mukerji excels and so do the other members of the cast. A very good family drama with an undercurrent of a theme portraying the oldest profession in the world! Musical score is good too.
Pssst...I almost burst out laughing when a girl sitting besides me started sobbing but I assure you this flick ain't a tearjerker...Sanjeev Logani :-)
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