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Pinjar (2003)

Urmila Matondkar , Manoj Bajpai , Chandra Prakash Dwivedi  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Suri, Sandali Sinha, Priyanshu Chatterjee
  • Directors: Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
  • Writers: Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Amrita Pritam
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Dolby
  • Language: Hindi, Urdu
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Hindi
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Eros
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCBYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pinjar" on IMDb

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars indian cinema at its best September 9, 2004
Against the background of the traumatic partition of Pakistan and India, this movie tells the story of a woman (Puro/Hamida)whose life is swept away by events that she does not control or understand, but who refuses to surrender entirely to them.

Puro (a hindu girl) is kidnapped by Rashid (a muslim man)the day before her marriage as an act of vengeance in a feud between their two families. As a hindu of her cast, Puro's life is finshed because she has been tainted by the kidnapping and her family reject her. She must now accept the marriage offer of Rashid, her captor, who is in love with her.

However, Puro makes it clear that this marriage is an act of desperation and that she absolutely hates her captor/husband. This way begins her new life as Hamida. And from this point Rashid begins his efforts to win his wife's heart and to find redemption for the sin which he feels he has committed against her. The opportunity to prove his worth to his beloved Hamida comes with the brutal events of the partition, when some hindu victims of the ethnical violence are in need of his help and he generously provides it.

In this troubled time, however, Hamida is not passive, but also helps as she can, sometimes to the point of risking her life. And when the oportunity to reach a final decission about her own life finally comes, she finds she has changed ...

The story ends with a voice in off asking the audience to think about how, most of times, women have to suffer a fate they have done nothing to choose or bring about. In contrast, the film shows us the main character, Hamida, finally making a choice.

I must add that this film, appart form being a beautful story beautiffully told, has some of the best music I've ever heard, and some of the best acting and photograph as well, above Indian standards.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutual Captives April 9, 2005
"Pinjar" portrays the life of a young Hindu girl named Puro as it unfolds during the separation of Pakistan from India. A Mulsim man named Rashid kidnaps her the night before her wedding as an act of revenge against her father. As planned, Puro's kidnapping brings her family into social disgrace, and they refuse to accept her back once she has been violated; she has no choice but to marry Rashid. While it is obvious that Puro is an innocent victim of the vengeance between the two families, it is less obvious that Rashid is just as much an innocent victim. The same combination of vengeance and traditional gender roles that shape Puro into someone passive and helpless, force Rashid to be an aggressor against his will.

The movie spends a lot of time idealizing Puro's youthfulness. The early musical numbers dramatize her relationship with her brother and portray her as bringing joy to her family through her beauty and playfulness. This idealization sets up her fall from grace, and stands in sharp contrast to the weeping figure she becomes after Rashid kidnaps her. She is powerless in the situation, subject to the whims of Rashid and his family.

Rashid, too, is captive to the wishes of his family. It is revealed later in the movie that his uncles had plotted his kidnapping of Puro, and that he had not chosen to do it himself. His uncles continue to control his relationship with Puro. They later take away a baby she adopts against Rashid's will, as well. Rashid is distraught at his wife's misfortune, and cannot stand her sadness. He truly falls in love with her and wishes for her happiness, and is torn because he knows that he is the source of her unhappy fate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nothing For The Daughter" September 2, 2005
Note: Hindi with English subtitles.

An honest, poignant tale set in Pakistan just prior to the 1947 partition of Pakistan from India. Puro (Urmila Matondkar), a young Hindi girl is kidnapped shortly before her wedding by Rashid (Manoj Bajpai) a Muslim man from a neighboring village. The kidnapping is in retaliation of a wrong commited some years earlier.

In spite of the grief felt by Puro's family the Father refuses to go to the authorities and fight for her release. After all she is only a daughter, the cost of paying for help from a corrupt police force simply wasn't worth the money and the trouble it would cause between himself and the authorities as well as the local Hindu and Muslim communities. Thus Puro is left to make the best of it.

The hardships and disappointments suffered by Puro in her new life and marriage to Rashid become a micocosm of the larger problems facing the diverse community-at-large comprised of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Problems that eventually lead to the partition of Pakistan which will forever end any chance Puro has to return to her family and the man she was supposed to wed.

In a surprising turn of events one final opportunity to return to her family presents itself through the generosity of Rashid and Puro must decide for herself where she truly belongs.

In recent years India has begun to produce some marvelous films. 'Pinjar' is not only one of the best, but it's also quite unique in its directorial approach. While there is music and dancing as in all Indian films it's much more melancholy in nature, reflecting the hopelessness and turmoil of the times. Also unlike most Bollywood films there is no mixing of genres, no moving back and forth between drama and comedy, between tears and slapstick.
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