About  Pinjar  (2003)

If we eschew hatred, the world would be the most beautiful place to live. PINJAR is about harmony and love overpowering hate and violence.<br><br>

Based on a famous novel by Amrita Pritam, PINJAR depicts riots, mayhem, human sufferings and hope.<br><br>

During the partition, full-scale riots broke out in which lakhs of families were displaced overnight.<br><br>

The worst hit were the women. Thousands of helpless women were raped and kidnapped as communal and political tensions let loose in the Indo-Pak border villages.<br><br>

Intolerance, cruelty, kidnapping and rape of women rendered thousands of innocent lives as destitute, yet love and humanism blossomed.<br><br>

While there were widespread riots, there were people who still hoped in humanism to survive and were waiting for their dreams to come true.<br><br>

<i>Character sketches ?</i><br><br>

<font color=red><b>Urmila Matondkar is Puro</b></font><br>
A victim of circumstances during the turbulent times of partition of India. How does she overcome the wrath of hostile communities and rewrite her destiny in the milieu of changing relationship of nations, communities and individuals?<br><br>

<font color=red><b>Manoj Bajpai is Rashid</b></font><br>
An unpardonable crime is committed by him. Will he be able to redeem himself and rise above the communal hatred spread across the sub-continent?<br><br>

<font color=red><b>Sanjay Suri is Ramchand</b></font><br>
A poet at heart. Once a rich man, he is now a refugee. He has lost everything, including his family. Will he be united with his loved ones?<br><br>

<font color=red><b>Sandali Sinha is Lajo</b></font><br>
A newly-married girl, life takes a dramatic twist during the partition riots. Will her cries be heard by the unjust society? Will she be able to change her destiny?<br><br>

<font color=red><b>Priyanshu Chatterjee is Trilok</b></font><br>
An idealist, enraged by the society. A son, a brother, a husband ? torn between relationships within the family. Will he be able to triumph over his internal strifes?<br><br>

<i>About the music ?</i><br><br>

PINJAR has the essence of Punjabi rustic folk music. Music director Uttam Singh is at his best, while Pakistani poetess Zehra Nigah's lyrics add to the musical richness of the film. Gulzar's lyrics also heighten the pathos and romance of the period.<br><br>

PINJAR co-stars Isha Koppikar, Lillete Dubey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Farida Jalal, Alok Nath, Seema Biswas, Sudha Shivpuri and Dina Pathak.<br><br>

<i>The team ?</i><br><br>

Producer: Lucky Star's Entertainment Ltd. Director: Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Story and original dialogue: Amrita Pritam. Screenplay and additional dialogue: Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Action: Sham Kaushal. Choreography: Rekha Chinni Prakash, Bhushan Lakhandri. Art director and costume designer: Muneesh Sappel. Editing: Ballu Saluja. Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyil.

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