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Pranali: The Tradition (2008)

Forced into traditional prostitution, a woman speaks out against tyranny, oppression and corruption in modern secular India.


Hridesh Kamble (as Hirdesh Kamble)


Hridesh Kamble (story & screenplay) (as Hirdesh Kamble), Manoj Pandey (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nargis Bagheri Nargis Bagheri ... Pranali (as Nargis)
Upendra Limaye ... Sultan
Sudha Chandran ... Akka
Raman Trikha Raman Trikha ... Vijay
Deepshika ... Chanda (as Dipsshika)
Vinay Apte ... Keshav Prasad
Hemant Pandey ... Dukhiram
Abhay Bhargav Abhay Bhargav ... Mahant (as Abhhay Bhaargava)
Mukesh Tyagi Mukesh Tyagi ... Shankar Despande
Sujata Sehgal Sujata Sehgal ... Pagli (as Sujata Segal)
Rohini Kapoor Rohini Kapoor ... Kanchi
Vaidehi Singh Vaidehi Singh ... Salma
Suzanne Bernert ... Judy
Kalpana Sathe Kalpana Sathe ... Shabana
Vaishnavi Rao ... Young Pranali


Pranali relates her story to U.S.-based Judy, starting with her birth in an impoverished village near the Karnataka and Maharashtra border where families are forced to eat mice. The Mahant spots her during 1996 and compels her to wed 'Dev' and become a Devdasi. Her mother protests, but her father overturns all objections and presents his daughter to this outlawed practice. Young and unknowing, she is forced to be intimate with the Mahant and then sold to a politician for 20 acres of land. Before she could be molested, she manages to escape, files a police complaint, only to be sent to a Nari Ashram where wealthy males and politicians seek sexual favors. Then during 2003, she is then sold to Akka, a brothel-owner at Laxmi Nagar, Mumbai. It is here she will meet and befriend several other prostitutes including Chanda, Shakila, and Kanchi. Shortly thereafter she becomes pregnant, and despite Akka's advice for an abortion, decides to keep the baby, a girl she subsequently names Roshni. ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A never ending journey of a devdasi...


Crime | Drama






Hindi | Marathi | English

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (India) See more »

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Pranali See more »

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Harward Entertainments See more »
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Dolby Digital


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Great Movie
23 February 2012 | by vincomitySee all my reviews

Incredible! This is the first word comes in my mind watching this movie. This is one of the best movies from Indian cinema. Its an artistic and brain washing movie. Any one might cry, laugh, scare and feel all the possible human traits and feelings. There is glimpse of international standard theatrical presentation as well Indian. A Wonderful movie by a wonderful team; call it actor, director (I just wanted to mention that I had never heard earlier about the Director of the movie and some star cast) or any one related to this movie by any mean are great and honest in their performance. This movie is like a mirror of our society which touch base almost all the colors of life and society like language, culture, history, contemporary concerns, politics, hunger, reality of Inida and so called Indian growth including most of the positive and negative aspects.

This movies stands with some intellectual ones like Salam Bomaby, Midnight cowboy etc. Please don't watch this movie if you really like to watch movies like Golmaal-3 (indian movie) or so.

Again don't miss this please, I feel like proud that I watched this. Thanks!

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