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  • NR
  • 1970
  • 6.6  (35)

Chetna is a Hindi-language drama film released in 1970, directed by B.R. Ishara, and starring Anil Dhawan, Shatrughan Sinha, and Rehana Sultan. The film has been known for its bold and controversial plot revolving around prostitution and sex work. The film explores the life of a young educated girl Chetna, who turns to prostitution as a means of survival in a male-dominated society.

The plot of the film revolves around the life of Chetna, played by Rehana Sultan, who lives in a small village with her father. Chetna is a bright and ambitious girl who wants to study and become independent. However, due to financial difficulties, her father is not able to support her education.

Desperate for money, Chetna decides to leave her village and make her way to the city. She finds a job in a factory, but soon realizes that the job pays too little to support herself. One day she meets Shatrughan Sinha, who plays the role of a wealthy playboy named Ashok. Ashok sees Chetna struggling and offers to help her. He introduces her to his friends and they end up taking her to a party, where Chetna is drugged and raped.

Devastated, Chetna is unable to return to her old job and finds herself being drawn into the world of prostitution. She starts working at a brothel run by Madame Shabnam, played by Nadira. Initially, Chetna is hesitant, but with time she gets used to her new profession and becomes one of the most popular girls in the brothel.

Chetna's life takes a turn when she meets Anil Dhawan, who plays the role of a journalist named Pradeep. Pradeep is investigating the growing prostitution racket in the city and wants to expose the truth. He meets Chetna and is shocked to learn about her background. He decides to help her get out of the brothel and start a new life.

The rest of the film follows Chetna's struggle to leave her old life behind and start afresh. She faces numerous obstacles along the way, including opposition from her former clients, and the resistance from her own society.

The film deals with several controversial themes such as prostitution, rape, and the exploitation of the poor. It addresses issues that were considered taboo at the time and was considered a bold and daring film for its time. The film was praised for its bold and realistic portrayal of the life of a sex worker and is often considered a landmark film in the history of Indian cinema.

Overall, Chetna is a gritty and hard-hitting drama that sheds light on some of the harsh realities of society. The film delivers a powerful social message and highlights the struggle of women who are forced to enter the world of prostitution due to poverty and lack of opportunities. It is a must-watch for anyone who loves socially relevant films and wants to explore the darker side of society.

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