About  Makdee  (2002)

Vishal Bhardwaj started his career as a music composer. He met with success with music for films like MAACHIS and SATYA. With a view to satisfy his urge and enhance his creative skills, Vishal decided to try his hand at the more strenuous profession of film direction.

But before making MAKDEE, he directed two short films on video for reputed television channels. MAKDEE is his first feature film, ?an attempt to both entertain and inform,? he states.

The synopsis ?

Life in Chunni?s village is all peace and quiet, and great fun. She fools the village with her impersonation of her twin sister, Munni; she has a great friend in Muggale Azam, who does her homework, and she also has all the opportunity to vex her ?masterji? (school teacher), Kallu (the village butcher) and her father.

In a mansion in the village, said to be haunted, lives the legend of a witch called Makdee (Shabana Azmi). The legend has it that whatsoever wanders into the mansion, comes out as an animal. No one in the village dares enter the mansion.

Things are gong fine for Chunni until one day when one of her pranks gets quite out of hand. As a result of this, Munni, her docile sister, enters the mansion, where the witch turns the little girl into a hen.

Chunni is hysterical when she discovers this. She runs from pillar to post to get help, but her credibility is at an all-time low and the entire village refuses to believe her, except the cops, Ghanta and Banta. But they turn up too late. Chunni enters the haunted mansion in search of her sister.

Chunni has never been terrified in her entire life. She enters the main hall and, to her horror, finds the witch waiting for her. She pleads with the witch to let her poor sister go, as it was no fault of hers. But the witch asks her to strike a deal. She will return Munni back into a human only if Chunni arranges for a hundred hens in exchange.

All of a sudden, Chunni is confronted with the biggest challenge of her life?

MAKDEE stars Shabana Azmi, Makrand Deshpande, Shweta Prasad and Alaap Mazgaonkar in pivotal roles. It is produced by Sanjay Routray and Vishal Bhardwaj and written-directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.

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