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Damini (1993)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 30 April 1993 (India)
After witnessing a rape in her own household, Damini fights for justice for the deceased victim. However, she faces a bunch of challenges until she meets a disgraced lawyer who decides to fight the case and bring the culprits to justice.

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Rajkumar Santoshi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Meenakshi Sheshadri ... Damini Gupta
Rishi Kapoor ... Shekhar Gupta
Sunny Deol ... Govind
Amrish Puri ... Indrajit Chaddha (Scheming Lawyer)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Mr. Gupta (Shekhar's dad)
Rohini Hattangadi ... Mrs. Sumitra Gupta (Shekhar's mom)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tinnu Anand ... Shekhar's Uncle
Sulabha Arya ... Shekhar's aunt
Suhas Bhalekar
Anu Dhawan Anu Dhawan
Vijayendra Ghatge ... Inspector Kadam
Ashwin Kaushal Ashwin Kaushal ... Rakesh Gupta
Aamir Khan ... Himself
Viju Khote ... Mangesh
Prajakta Kulkarni Prajakta Kulkarni ... Urmi - Maid Servant
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Storyline

The theme revolves around the character Damini who represents truth and innocence. After her marriage in renowned wealthy family, Damini happens to see a cruel act done by her brother-in-law. She wants the victim to get justice, but the family including her husband oppose her, which leads her to leave the house. Soon she is helped by a drunkard, an ex-advocate, who helps her in all respect to reach to her aim and therefore justice. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (India) See more »

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When Rajkumar Santoshi narrated the film to Rishi Kapoor, the film had three protagonists. Rishi Kapoor, a Lawyrer, a Drunkard. Om Puri was the lawyer and Shakti Kapoor the drunkard. Santoshi then took both characters and merged them into one. This how Sunny Deol's character came about. This angered Rishi Kapoor because he was not told about this. He decided to take it up as a challenge and stay in the film. See more »

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Important film in the career of Meenaskshi Sheshadri
4 July 2010 | by Vivekmaru45See all my reviews

Damini Gupta (Meenaskshi Sheshadri) who comes from a middle-class family is seen by Shekhar, the son of wealthy Mr. Gupta, when he goes to a small hill-station town. He is captivated by her beauty and falls in love with her. Shekhar brings his father to meet Damini and her dad who is a post-master named Chandrakant. Mr. Gupta is charmed by the simple beauty and outright honesty of Damini, and they finalize Shekhar's and Damini's marriage, which is celebrated with great pomp and ceremony.

On day during the Indian festival of Holi, Damini catches Shekhar's brother called Rakesh and some of his friends in the act of molesting a maid servant and calls in aid of her husband. However they are to late. Rakesh makes off with the maid servant in a van.

Then the Gupta family conspire to cover-up this shameful incident. But Damini is unable to get this incident out of her mind, and finally decides to inform the police. She does so, and is instantly shunned by the Gupta family, and asked to leave the house. The police arrest Rakesh and three of his friends, and the matter is taken up in court, and Damini is asked to testify. Damini is portrayed by the Gupta family's lawyer, Indrajit Chhadha, as a mentally unstable person, with everyone from the Gupta family to her very own dad testifying to that effect. Damini is confined in an mental institution for two weeks by a judicial order. Mr. Gupta bribes the warden of the institution into permanently making Damini mad so that she is no longer a threat to Rakesh. And so Damini is made mad by shock treatment.

Meanwhile, Rakesh is scared that if Damini regained her senses she would be able to put him behind bars. Also seeing that Damini has no longer use of her mental faculties he would also be able to indulge himself with her. He plans to take her from the institution by making a deal with the warden.

During that fateful day, Damini who is gazing outside of her cell, witnesses an event that restores her mental faculties.

She barely manages to escape and runs being into a down-and-out alcoholic lawyer by the name of Govind (Sunny Deol) while being pursued by Rakesh and his friends. Govind is more than a match for Rakesh and his friends and scares them off.

Govind was a lawyer who gave up law when he failed to get justice for his wife who was killed in a hit and run accident. He does not believe in the justice system, but Damini's courage boosts him. He re-opens the rape case and starts his crusade against Mr. Gupta and family.

Will Govind succeed? Will Damini be united with her husband? Watch this blockbuster film by acclaimed director Raj Kumar Santoshi.


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