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      Chingaari

      2006 1h 40m Drama Romance List
      Reviews 60% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A scheming priest (Mithun Chakraborty) interferes with the love between a mailman (Anuj Sawhney) and a prostitute (Sushmita Sen). Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Classic acting by Shishmita Sen. An issue so grave raised with such subtlety and yet so passionately. Brilliant! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a very interesting movie and I enjoyed the journey, even though watched it in installments. It has a great story, told in a poetic tone and narrative. The movie stars with a powerful and mesmerizing scene of an old and majestic tree that has lived to see the social developments in a small rural town of north India. The tree starts narrating the story in perfect and melodious Hindi language. This movie portrays the reality of religious institutions and individuals who too often take advantage of the most vulnerable and poor groups of society. The story involves a post man who arrives to this little town and ends up getting involved with the local brothel. The town, however, is manipulated by the priest who takes advantage of their illiteracy and need for a higher power. Disguised in Hindu devotion to Goddess Kali, the priest intimidates all people to maintain power. The whole town worships the Goddess, including one of the prostitutes of the brothel, whom has a small daughter and becomes emotionally involved with the postman. The priest realizes the situation, and decides to kill the postman, just before the latter and the prostitute were to get married; defying the social norms of caste, and a gendered approach to woman's role in society. Without stealing more thunder from the plot if you want to see it, I can share that the climax of the movie involves a deeply emotional religious trance in which Goddess Kali kind of 'possesses' the prostitute and through her, is able to destroy evil and, within her gendered society, is able to emancipate from the brothel life saving her daughter. I found Sushmita's acting a bit over the top. She is no doubt graceful and beautiful, but didn't manage to convince me all the way. I loved the pre-wedding scene of 'make me a wife' even though it couldn't be more gendered. The scenes are breathtaking, the music sweet and with a retro after taste. The execution is rather dramatic and violent, yes it gets really violent! But overall I felt it was a very interesting film journey into Indian cinema. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Stupid movie .. but absolutely worth it for Sushmita .. absolutely unglamorous and incredibly scary .. Mithun sucked, Amrish Puri would have been much better at the role of hypocrite Priest .. Watch Hum Paanch .. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member i love indian movies....and she is beautiful Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member sushmita sen was really great in this. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member sushmita sen owned! i'm sad that nobody took notice of her performance or the movie, because they were both amazing. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A scheming priest (Mithun Chakraborty) interferes with the love between a mailman (Anuj Sawhney) and a prostitute (Sushmita Sen).
      Director
      Kalpana Lazmi
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Hindi
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 9, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 40m