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  • NR
  • 2006
  • 4.7  (226)

Chingaari is a 2006 Indian drama film directed by Kalpana Lajmi and stars Sushmita Sen, Mithun Chakraborty, and Anuj Sawhney in lead roles. The movie is based on a novel called "The Prostitute And The Postman" by Bhupen Hazarika. This movie is the story of a village in Bengal where the people are suffering from poverty and hopelessness. The villagers are living in a society that’s been ridden of any positive emotions and all that’s left is a world of despair, hunger, and exploitation. In this atmosphere of extreme poverty, the young idealist Nandita (Sushmita Sen) arrives in the village with a mission of making a change to the society.

Nandita is a social worker who is known for her activism in helping women who have been marginalized and oppressed by the patriarchal society. She comes to the village with a deep conviction that she will be able to create an environment in which the women can lead better, safer, and more fulfilling lives.

One of the main focuses of the movie is Mithun Chakraborty's character of a priest named Bhuvan Panda. He is the one who controls the village and is the chief decision-maker. However, even though he is in a leadership position, Panda is not satisfied with his life. He's still haunted by his past and is living with a lot of emotional baggage.

As Nandita tries to make a change in the village, she has to face several obstacles like corrupt officials and traditional beliefs. However, she doesn't give up and continues to fight for her beliefs. As the film progresses, the relationship between Bhuvan and Nandita grows more complex and interesting.

Anuj Sawhney plays the role of Ganesh, a young man who has a crush on Nandita. He is eager to help her in her fight against the corrupt system. However, she does not have any romantic feelings for him and is solely focused on her mission of making the world a better place.

The movie is an emotional roller coaster, with deep, poignant moments intermixed with moments of joy and hope. The film tackles several themes like social injustice, corruption, and sexual exploitation. The director has done a commendable job of portraying these issues in a manner that's not preachy, but sensitive and nuanced.

The movie also leaves an indelible mark when it comes to music. The haunting compositions by Aadesh Shrivastava and the soulful lyrics by Javed Akhtar elevate the movie to a whole new level. The music is an integral part of the movie, with each song adding to the overall mood and sense of poignancy.

In a nutshell, Chingaari is a thoughtful and sensitive movie that raises several pertinent issues. It is a powerful commentary on societal norms, and how they can suffocate the voice of the people who are otherwise oppressed. Through the story of Nandita and others like her, the film tries to showcase how change can come only when we are brave enough to reject the status quo and embrace new and radical ideas. The movie is both, educational as well as entertaining, and will stay with you long, even after the credits have rolled.

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