Bawandar (2000)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 5 mins

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Shoba T Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of the Hindu Shastras that demean women, particularly in Dhabri, a village in the state of Rajasthan. She does succeed in recruiting a young housewife, Saanvri, the mother of a young girl, Kamli, and wife of rickshaw driver, Sohan. Saanvri goes around the village raising awareness, and incurs the wrath of the village elders, mostly members of the Gujjar family. When Saanvri persists with her efforts, five of the men severely beat-up Sohan, and gang-rape Saanvri. A devastated Saanvri and Sohan decide to get justice. They go to the Police Station, but the Police Inspector refuses to lodge a complaint until and unless he gets a Medical report. The doctor will not issue a medical report until and until he gets Court Order. Sohan and Saanvri, with Shobha's help do go through this process, and a complaint is finally lodged. Despite of this, the Gujjars are not arrested and continue to wander around, bragging about their experience with Saanvri. Saanvri's case then gets nation-wide attention, with the Prime Minister himself entrusting this investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The Gujjars are arrested and tried in Court, but are fully aware that this is nothing but a charade, for they have the backing of the local Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dhanraj Meena, who has hired a lawyer, Purohit, and has instructed him to ensure that the Gujjars are not held liable. Watch as Judge after Judge is transferred, even the Prosecuting Attorney is of a upper caste, and is under pressure from the Gujjar community. Faced with a corrupt police force, an even more corrupt Judicial system fueled more by wealth, influence, and caste rather than the rule of law, will Saanvri succeed in getting the justice she deserves?

Cast: Nandita Das

Crew: Jag Mundhra (Director), Ashok Kumar (Director of Photography), Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 2000 (India)

Tagline: She is still waiting for justice.

Hindi Name: बवंडर

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Did you know? Rahul Khanna was upset during the making of the film, possibly because of the length of his role. He refused to speak about the film in later interviews. Read More
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as Saanvri
as Mangal Panda
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as Shobha Devi
as Dhanraj Meena
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as Purnia Gujjar
as Tej Karan
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as Sohan
as Ravi
as Police Inspector
as Sarju




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She is still waiting for justice.
Rahul Khanna was upset during the making of the film, possibly because of the length of his role. He refused to speak about the film in later interviews.