Chingaari is a Bollywood movie released in 2006.The movie was directed by Kalpana Lajmi who previously directed Rudaali (1993) and Daman:A Victim of Marital Violence (2001).The movie is based on the novel, The Prostitute and the Postman by Bhupen Hazarika.The movie is a commentary on the abuse of power and in particular discusses the injustices of the priests in India.Beneath the love triangle between the main characters, there is an age-old story that shows that not even “holy men” are exempt from the corruption of power.
Cast: Sushmita Sen, Mithun Chakraborty, Anuj Sawhney
In the village of Rangpur, District of Badlapur, India, lives Narainda, who has been the Postmaster for the last over 35 years.He has patiently awaited the arrival of an assistant so that he can consider retiring.His assistant does arrive in the shape and form of Chandan Mishra. Narainda teaches him to deliver mail, take a rupee for reading mail out aloud; and avoid much contact with the prostitutes of Lal Batti.But the women of Lal Batti, Phulwa, Gulabo, Bijli, Basanti, Padmavati, and young Titli, the daughter of Basanti, are drawn to Chandan, and he becomes a frequent visitor there.
The local High Priest Bhuvan Panda, who also visits Basanti late at night to satisfy his sexual lust, does not appreciate Chandan’s frequent visits, especially after he finds out that Chandan is educated and very outspoken.Then a mysterious admirer of Basanti starts sending her love letters and even proposes marriage.When Bhuvan finds out, he forbids anyone from going to Lal Batti, as in his mind there are only three kind of women: 1. Devi (Goddesses), 2. Mother who provides a heir for the family; and 3. Prostitutes.He forbids anyone to marry any prostitute.With patrons being intimidated by Bhuvan’s instructions, no one dares go near Lal Batti, causing considerable anxiety and financial worries for the women there.
The entire village awaits in dread as the deadline approaches for Basanti’s lover to materialize and marry her. The question remains, who is this mysterious admirer, and why does he want to marry a prostitute and go against the wishes of the all powerful and deadly Bhuvan Panda.
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