(2001) is a film directed by Madhur Bhandarkar
. It depicts the gritty life of the Mumbai underworld
, including prostitution, dance bars
and gun crime. The film stars Tabu
and Atul Kulkarni
in lead roles. It also stars Ananya Khare
, Minakshi Sahani and Vishal Thakkar. The film was a critically acclaimed hit and it won three National Film Awards
Mumtaz is a village girl whose family is killed in communal riots. She moves to Mumbai with her uncle, the only family member she has left. They are desperately poor and her uncle persuades her to become a bar girl at Chandni Bar. This is merely temporary, he promises, until he gets a job. Mumtaz is a shy girl who loathes the work, but she forces herself to dance and flirt. However, the uncle doesn't keep his promise; he lives on her earnings, drinking them away, and never gets a job. He adds one final, unforgivable crime to the list when he gets drunk and rapes her.
By this time she has caught the eye of a gangster called Potiya Sawant. When she tells Potiya what her uncle did to her, Potiya decides to "defend her honor." Potiya kills the uncle and marries her. She lives together with him for several years, and gives birth to a son, Abhay, and daughter, Payal. She wants Abhay and Payal to be educated, and stay far away from her world of dancing girls, and Potiya's gangsters.
Then Potiya gets in the bad books of other gangsters, loses his connections, becomes a target for the police and is killed in an... Read More