Mandi @ NFDC Preview Theatre

Event Date: 
10 November 2016 (All day)

Mandi @ NFDC Preview Theatre

Event Date: 

10 November 2016 - 6:00pm

BRMC proudly ​presents.... 

 Mandi  (1983)

Directed by Shyam Benegal

Star Cast:  Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Neena Gupta, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda                                             

                                 - Music:   Vanraj Bhatia.

    Running time       :  2 hrs  47 minutes.

    Venue                 :  N.F.D.C. Preview Theatre [Basement]
                                  Nehru Planetarium,
                                  Nehru Centre,
                                  Dr. Annie Besant Road,
                                  Worli, Mumbai 400018.      

    Date and Time    :  10th November [Saturday], 06.10 pm.

* Non- members to contact and confirm in advance. 


Rukhminibai (Shabana Azmi) runs a bordello in Puratanpalli. The major attraction of her brothel is Zeenat (SmitaPatil) who is an excellent performer but a character without any soul. Havaldar (Harish Patel), Photographer Ramgopal (Om Puri), Businessman Gupta (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), Agarwal (Saeed Jaafrey) and Dungdoo (Naseeruddin Shah ) are the other major male characters who are centrally related with Rukminibai. Except Dungdoo (the servant) everyone has his lust, economics or an other agenda to fulfil. The girls ‘working’ for Rukminibai really represent the female side for each male character. We see Neena Gupta, Ila Arun, Anita Kanwar, Soni Razdan and Sreela Majumder playing those different shades of grey. Except Phholmani (Sreela Majumder) who was conned into prostitution by her paramour there is no one who one can sympathise with.

Rukminibai is evicted from Puratanpalli by cunning Gupta to a place which she soon discovers to be Baba Khadag Shah’s shrine.  This second place becomes popular resulting in a second eviction. In the process Rukminibai loses all her girls as they leave her, including Zeenat, whofalls in love with Agarwal’s son. Rukminibai is left with only Dungdoo in the end. 

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Watch Shabana Azmi in this movie as Rukminibai.  Watch the way she wears  the sari.  Watch her accent.  She does speak the accent of Kolhapur region. As Ray said, in a good story each character has to be different. Otherwise the viewer might feel lost. There are so many prostitutes.  But even for once you won’t feel that one action by one particular could also be done by another.  This is true even though the character’s screen presence is just for a few minutes. For example,PaknajKapoor’s character. He barely stays there for couple of minutes, but leaves a terrific impact. 

Mandi is an excellent movie with the best ensemble cast. Here is a great director at his best. Vanraj Bhatia’s consistent music is added attraction. Mandi is one of those rare movies which makes you think. Not for any cause or any ideals or anything in particular. But it will make you think – again and again – that you’d watched a really good movie. It will satisfy,entertain  and leave viewers with a feeling of time well spent.

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