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Ijaazat (meaning "permission") is an acclaimed 1987 Indian Hindi film directed by Gulzar. Starring Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah and Anuradha Patel in leading roles, the film followed the story of couple who are separated and who accidentally meet in a railway station waiting room and discover some truths about their lives without each other. The film belongs to the realistic, art cinema genre in India, known as parallel cinema, and won two National Film Awards in the music category.


The movie is a powerful story that deals with feminism and patriarchy in the middle class of India in the 1980s. The movie starts with Mahender (Naseeruddin Shah) getting down at the railway station and making his way to the waiting room just as it starts to rain heavily. A woman, Sudha (Rekha), is already sitting in the waiting room. On seeing him, she tries to hide her face from him. A little later, when they do look at each other, a flashback starts. Mahender has an accomplished business dealing with photography. He respects his grandfather (Shammi Kapoor) immensely. Incidentally, he had been engaged to Sudha for 5 years but always made some excuse to delay their wedding. However, this time his grandfather has fixed the wedding on the first week of the following month. He reveals to Sudha that he is having an affair with one of the most radical representations of feminism in a girl called Maya (Anuradha Patel). He returns to tell Maya, but Maya has disappeared, leaving him...
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