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Directed by Mrinal Sen
Written by Mrinal Sen
Premendra Mitra
Starring Shabana Azmi
Naseeruddin Shah
Music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Release date(s) 8 June 1984
Country India
Language Hindi

Khandahar (translation: "The Ruins") is a 1984 Hindi movie directed by Mrinal Sen, based on a Bengali short story, Telenapota Abishkar (Discovering Telenapota) by Premendra Mitra.[1] The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Three friends from the city visit some ruins where an aged mother (Gita Sen) and her daughter Jamini (Shabana Azmi) live. Mother awaits the arrival of a distant cousin to marry Jamini, but the man is already married and living in Calcutta. The photographer Subhash (Naseeruddin Shah) takes pity on the family and pretends to be the awaited suitor. The mother dies contented. When the threesome leave again, Jamini stays behind, facing a life of loneliness in the ruins.




  1. ^ Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 337. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Khandhar". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

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