Chandni Bar (2001)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 30 mins

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Mumtaz is a village girl whose family is killed in communal riots. She moves to Mumbai with her uncle, the only family member she has left. They are desperately poor and her uncle persuades her to become a bar girl at Chandni Bar. This is merely temporary, he promises, until he gets a job. Mumtaz is a shy girl who loathes the work, but she forces herself to dance and flirt. However, the uncle doesn't keep his promise; he lives on her earnings, drinking them away, and never gets a job. He adds one final, unforgivable crime to the list when he gets drunk and rapes her. By this time she has caught the eye of a gangster called Potiya Sawant. When she tells Potiya what her uncle did to her, Potiya decides to "defend her honor." Potiya shoots the uncle. Mumtaz, bereft of any male protection in the dangerous slums, marries Potiya. She is determined to make the best of things. She leaves the bar and stays home to raise her two children, whom she carefully protects from the world of prostitution and gangs. However, her world unravels again when Potiya is killed. She has to return to the bar to support her children. In the end, she cannot protect them from their sordid surroundings. Her son becomes a killer, her daughter becomes a bar dancer in her turn, and Mumtaz turns to prostitution in a tragic attempt to save her son.
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Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Tabu Hashmi

Crew: Madhur Bhandarkar (Director), Rajeev Ravi (Director of Photography), Raju Singh (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 28 Sep 2001 (India)

Hindi Name: चांदनी बार

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as Potya Sawant
as Iqbal Chamdi
as Mumtaz P. Sawant
as Hegde Anna
as ACP Prasad
as Deepa Pandey
as Firoz
as Suresh Kali
as Qureshi Bhai
as Chandrakant Bhau
as Wardboy
as Pushpa
as Habib Bhai
as Irfan Mamu
as Goluldas Pandey
as Salim Chikna
as Inspector Gaikwad
as Abhay P. Sawant





Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1