Though prostitution is not a very widely talked subject,
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer: Lata Mohan
Cast: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Ananya Khare, Vishal Thakkar,
Chandni bar is about this Muslim village girl, Mumtaz, whose family is killed in a communal riot. She then comes to Mumbai with her uncle, who convinces her to become a bar dancer. Eventually, she meets a gangster and marries him and for some time, gets to lead the life of a typical Indian house wife. Then her world turns upside down when her husband is killed. She is again forced to join the bar.
Director: Muzaffar Ali
Producer: Muzaffar Ali
Cast: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Umme Farwa
Shaukat Kaifi, Dina Pathak, Prema Narayan, Gajanan Jagirdar
Raj Babbar, Bharat Bhushan, Satish Shah
To many Hindi movie goers, Umrao Jaan is synonymous with Rekha. Umrao Jaan is one of the most important movies in Rekha’s career. The movie was remade in 2006 and Aishwarya Bachchan played the Rekha’s character. It is the 1981 Umrao Jaan which is considered to be a classic. The movie is based on the novel, “Umrao Jan Ada” by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. Set in the colonial period, Umrao Jaan tells the story of Amiran, who was kidnapped by his neighbour and sold to a brothel. Under the care of Madam Khanum Jaan, Amiran became a courtesan. In the end of the movie, she returned to her village but her family did not accept her. She was left all alone. For her role, in this movie, Rekha got critical acclaim.
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Director: Hema Malini
Producer: Hema Malini
Cast: Jeetendra, Dimple Kapadia, Amrita Singh, Sonu Walia, Kabir Bedi,
Shahrukh Khan, Divya Bharti, Farida Jalal, Mithun Chakraborty,
This is one of the earlier movies in Shah Rukh Khan’s career and it was Hema Malini’s debut movie as a director. Though not successful, I think many movie goers still remember this movie for Divya Bharati. This talented actress gave a good performance in this movie. Divya Bharati plays the character of a bar dancer, Laila. Laila works in a five-star hotel. She was brought up in a brothel. The son of the hotel owner, Karan (Shah Rukh Khan), falls in love with her. Initially, she tried to avoid him but finally gave in to Karan. When Karan’s father came to know about their relationship he tried to stop him. Laila then came to know from her dying mother that she was not her child. She then goes out in search of her real mother and Karan helps her. The rest of the movie reveals how Laila gets to know who her real mother is.
Director: Mohit Suri
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt
Cast: Kunal Khemu, Deepal Shaw, Amrita Singh, Ashutosh Rana
Kalyug does not directly deal with prostitution but it deals with porno industry in
Director/Writer: Kamal Amrohi
Producer: Kamal Amrohi
Cast: Meena Kumari, Raj Kumar, Ashok Kumar
Pakeezah is Urdu word, which means, pure of heart. Like Mughal-E-Azam, this movie also took a lot of time to make. Mughal-E-Azam, the Indian Cinema masterpiece took more than ten years and Kamal Amrohi took fourteen years to make Pakeezah. Starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Pakeezah tells the story of this courtesan, Sahibjaan, who falls in love with a rich young man named Salim; but Salim’s father disapproves their relationship. Finally, Sahibjaan performs in the wedding ceremony where she finds her father, uncle of Salim and the two lovers reunite.
Director: Sudhir Mishra
Producer: Pritish Nandy Communication
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Rahul Bose
Chameli is one night story movie. The story takes place in one rainy night and ends within one night. Aman Kapoor (Rahul Bose) is a guy who has everything according to the Indian standard. Unfortunately, his wife, Neha, died in a car accident. At that time she was pregnant. After her death, Aman became depressed and lonely. Suddenly his life takes a turn on a rainy night. His car breaks down near the Mumbai red light area. He then meets a young prostitute named Chameli. Aman then ends up meeting with eunuchs, corrupted police officers, and many other characters. The movie shows how these two strangers change each others lives.
Director: Deepak S. Shivdasani
Producer: N R Pachisia
Cast: Sanjay Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Priyanshu Chatterjee,
Achint Kaur, Sudhir Joshi, Kamini Khanna, Ahmed Khan
This movie resembles a bit with the story of Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts; the love relationship between a prostitute and a millionaire. Julie is a high class prostitute who meets this multi-millionaire guy, Mihir Shandilya. The two falls in love and Mihir introduces Julie to his family. What they do not know is that Julie is a prostitute. A television channel invites Julie to tell her story and there she reveals her true identity. Mihir also sees the show. In spite of knowing that Julie is a prostitute, Mihir decides to accept Julie as her life partner.
Director: Kalpana Lazmi
Producer: Kalpana Lazmi
Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Sushmita Sen, Anuj Sawhney
Chingaari is a love triangle between a Hindu priest, a postman and a prostitute. Chandan is a newly recruited postman who has been posted to Rangpur village. Basanti is a prostitute who lives in a brothel with her daughter Titali. Basanti wants to leave the profession and have a normal environment for her daughter. Basanti and Chandan fall in love. Bhuvan Panda is a local priest and a very powerful person. He is a regular customer of Basanti. When he comes to know about Basanti and Chandan, he kills Chandan. In the climax, Basanti kills Bhuvan Panda and avenges the death of her love.
Producer: P. Mallikharjuna Rao
Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Sanjeev Kumar, Dina Pathak,
This movie garnered Film Fare Award in 1977 in three categories. One of Sharmila Tagore’s memorable performances, Mausam, tells the story of a physician who returns to find out about the women whom he had an affair with long time ago. He learns that her lady love was dead and she conceived his daughter who was forced to prostitution.
Director: Shyam Benegal
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil
I do not know anything about art film but Shyam Benegal is one of the pioneers in art film making in