Damini (1993)

How the power of one voice can make a difference, how honesty is always best policy (as the truth shall prevail), to do what’s right and always fight against injustice.Damini a socially relevant film about the power of one directed by Rajkumar Santoshi revolves around the character Damini who represents truth and innocence.It is totally a one woman show and it rests entirely on Meenakshi Sheshadri’s powerful performance.

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Meenakshi Seshadri, Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri.

Damini is an extremely simple honest young lady who lives with her poor parents and sister.To save her parents from misery, Damini’s elder sister elopes with an alcoholic.A wealthy businessman Shekhar sets his eyes on Damini and falls in love.The two get married but Damini’s in-laws keep their distant.A lonely Damini develops a close relationship with the young housemaid Urmi.

During the holi festival, the whole household celebrate the colour and music with visitors.Damini’s brother-in-law and his three friends gang-rape Urmi.A helpless Damini witnesses the horror and she desperately seeks help from Shekhar.But they’re too late and Damini faints from the shock.Shekhar’s brother and co dump Urmi’s ravaged body in the gutter.

When Damini is conscious, she wonders about Urmi and Shekhar assures her that Urmi’s fine and receiving medical attention in the hospital but suddenly the police arrive and want to interrogate Damini.The family wants to save their honour by covering up their son’s act, but Damini has never said a lie ever and does not want to support her husband’s family..

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