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Mandi (1983)

The Legend Ladies: Smita Patil & Shabana Azmi DVD [6 Disc Set]


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SET OF 6 MOVIES


Mandi (1983)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1983

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

For years an aging Rukmini Bai (Shabana Azmi) has been the Madame of a brothel in Hyderabad, India. One day she gets the news that she now has a new landlord in Mr. Gupta (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), whose daughter is to marry the mayor's son Sushil, shortly. Lead by City Councillor, Shantidevi, the people in this town demand that this bordello be moved elsewhere, preferably on the outskirts of the town, and they do succeed, compelling Rukmini to move with her women to their new location, which happens to be near the Dargah of Baba Karak Shah. Ironically, this attracts a lot of people, and the patronage to Rukmini's bordello increases. Then complications set in when Sushil refuses to marry his father's choice, child-like Malti, and wants to marry Zeenat (Smita Patil) - a prostitute, not entirely by choice and seeking for a better existence, who resides with Rukmini.



Cast: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Amrish Puri, Saeed Jaffery, Om Puri, Neena Gupta, Ratna Pathak, Pankaj Kapur, Soni Razdan, Ila Arun, Gita Siddharth, Sreela Majumdar, Khokha Mukherjee

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Bhumika: The Role (1977)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1977

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar). Keshav takes a liking to young Urvashi, and encourages her to explore her talents in films, which she does, and does gain popularity, starting as a singer, than accomplishing herself as an actress/singer. She decides to marry Keshav, only to be discouraged by her own mother, but she is strong-willed, and does marry him. She has a baby girl after the marriage, but feels stifled and oppressed with Keshav, and has affairs with her co-star Rajan (Anant Nag), a film producer, Sunil Verma (Naseeruddin Shah), but ends up dissatisfied. Then she meets wealthy Vinayak Kale (Amrish Puri), and decides to settle down with him, little knowing that he is already married to another woman, and also has a son. By the time she finds out it is too late, she has already been accepted in his household, and any woman, whether his own mother (Dina Pathak), his present handicapped wife, and even Urvashi have to follow the rules laid down - no women can leave the house under any circumstances, except after death.



Cast: Smita Patil, Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri, Sulabha Deshpande, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Dina Pathak, Mohan Agashe, Om Puri, Benjamin Gilani, B V Karanth

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Junoon (1978)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1978

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

1857, India is in turmoil. Units of East India Company are in revolt, leading to a popular uprising against British Rule. One scorching Sunday morning in May, a church is attacked and some Englishmen are massacred. Only Mariam Labadoor, the widow of one of the Englishmen, her daughter Ruth, and her mother Mrs James are the survivors. Javed Khan, a brother in law of Sarfaraz Khan, the sepoy who led the massacre, sees Ruth and is obsessed with her and gives her shelter in his home. He will not be at peace until he possesses her. Instead of joining the fight for freedom, Javed Khan stays home, bent upon marrying Ruth, by force...



Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Jennifer Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Nafisa Ali, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Tom Alter, Sushma Seth, Deepti Naval, Benjamin Gilani, Jalal Agha, Sanjana Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Pearl Padamsee, Geoffrey Kendal

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Story: Ruskin Bond


Ankur (1974)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1974

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Laxmi (Shabana Azmi) lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya(Sadhu Meher), who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya (Anant Nag), has to cancel his studies and return home to look after the estate, as well as formalize his marriage to Saroj (Priya Tahil), the girl he was compelled to get married to when he was very young. Shortly thereafter Kishtaya is apprehended stealing toddy from the fields, is severely beaten, left senseless, and when he recovers he absconds, leaving Laxmi alone to fend for herself. Surya finds her attractive and starts an intimate relationship with her, much to the chagrin of the rest of the family. Things only get worse when Saroj moves in to live with Surya - compelling him to make a final decision about a visibly pregnant Laxmi.



Cast: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag, Dalip Tahil, Priya Tendulkar

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Kondura (1978)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1978

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Jogamma (Jhansi) is the widow of Brahmin Pandit Range Rao , and lives in a coastal village in Southern India along with her two married sons, Narsimha (Siddesh), who is married to Seethamma and has two son; while Parasuram (Anant Nag) is married to Ansuya (Vanisree). Narsimha, who not only looks after the estate, but also works as a clerk, often ends up chiding Parsuram to do something proactive. A frustrated Parshuram, not able to bear the taunts of his family anymore decides to run away from home, but has an encounter with a Sage named Kondura, who is believed to be living under the sea for ions. Kondura bestows a boon upon him, asks him not to misuse it, and be a celibate. A disbelieving Parshuram returns home, finds out that Guru is yet another person who was granted the boon of finding water, even in arid areas, and asks him to help dig a well. Guru does help and water is discovered shortly thereafter. Parshuram claims that he can also converse with a Goddess in the local Mandir. Things change when the villagers realize that he is telling the truth, and in no time at all Parsuram himself becomes a sage in his own right. When the Goddess appears before him, she instructs him to re-build her temple, and he does so with the help of Zamindar Bhairavmoorthy, a cruel, self-centered man, who is known to have had many sexual relationships, including one with his sister-in-law, but is known to be impotent. His brother gave birth to a crippled boy, Venu, and passed away. Bhairav brought up Venu, educated him, but treats him with contempt, whips him frequently, gets him married to a good-looking, but poor woman named Parvati. With money coming in from Bhairav, the temple is built, however, the Goddess is unhappy and tells Parsuram that sin is flourishing in this village. It is then that Parvati becomes pregnant, and everyone believes that Bhairav has overcome his impotence and is the father. Believing Bhairav to be behind all sins in this village, Parsuram sets about to reverse this, and manages to fool Parvati to drink a concoction, the very boon that was granted by Kondura, that will make her abort this child. Shortly thereafter Parsuram finds out that Venu is the to-be father, and now guilt-ridden, he must find a way to reverse this, even if it means incurring the wrath of Kondura and the Goddess.



Cast: Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri, Shekhar Chatterjee, Sulabha Deshpande, Satyadev Dubey, Prabhakar Reddy, Vanisree

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Arth (1982)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1982

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama, Romance


Description

Arth is about Pooja (Shabana Azmi), an orphan girl. Her husband Inder (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) hates her and he falls in love with another woman, Kavita (Smita Patil). He advices Kavita to leave her husband, but his husband refuses. She is helped by Raj (Raj Kiran) to surpass the difficulties of a life as a single person, to find a job and to rely morally on herself. Inder requests Pooja to sign the divorce papers. Pooja (Rohini Hattangadi) personally assures Kavita that she is not interested anymore in Inder. What happens next? Does Inder changes his mind and lives with Pooja? forms the rest of the story.



Cast: Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran, Rohini Hattangadi, Gulshan Grover, Siddharth Kak, Mazhar Khan, Dina Pathak, Shammi, Om Shivpuri, Gita Siddharth, Dalip Tahil, Chand Usmani, Kiran Vairale

Director: Mahesh Bhatt

Music Director: Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh


Format: DVD

Label: Eagle

Catalog No: EDVD L 4723

DVD Region: All Region

No Of Disks: 6

Subtitles: English

Video: NTSC