|Directed by||Shyam Benegal|
|Produced by||Amit Khanna
|Written by||Khalid Mohammed (Story & Screenplay)
Shama Zaidi (Dialogues & ad. Screenplay)
|Music by||Vanraj Bhatia|
|Edited by||Aseem Sinha|
The film's lead actress Kiron Kher won the 1997 National Film Award - Special Jury Award. Rajeshwari Sachdev won the 1997 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. The music by Vanraj Bhatia also received wide acclaim. Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, the play back singer of the film also received accolades in the category of 'Best Playback Singer'.
The police are called to investigate the death of a woman during a riot in the walled city of Delhi. She was killed by a stone thrown by an agitated mob. The woman killed is known in the community as "Sardari Begum" (Kiron Kher), a popular singer and courtesan. The religious nature of the incident and the impending elections combine to attract the media's attention. When a young reporter covering the funeral, Tehzeeb Abbasi (Rajina Raj Bisaria), discovers her father among the mourners, her curiosity prompts her to investigate further. Then comes the revelation that the singer was in fact her aunt, who was disowned by her family for rebelliously learning music from a concubine.
- Kirron Kher - Sardari Begum
- Amrish Puri - Hemraj
- Surekha Sikri - Idbal Bai
- Rajit Kapur - Sadiq Moosvi
- Rajeshwari Sachdev - Sakina
- Uttara Baokar - Hemraj's wife
- Smriti Mishra - Younger Sardari
|1.||"Chahe Maar Dalo Raja"||Asha Bhosle||02:51|
|2.||"Raah Mein Bichhi Hai Palke"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Shubha Joshi||04:50|
|3.||"More Kanha Jo Aaye"||Asha Bhosle||03:29|
|4.||"Ghar Naahi Hamre Shyam"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar||04:14|
|5.||"Ghir Ghir Aayee Badariya Kaari"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar||03:18|
|6.||"More Kanha Jo Aaye"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar||03:20|
|7.||"Saawariya Dekh Zara"||Shubha Joshi||05:30|
|8.||"Chali Pee Ke Nagar"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar||05:32|
|9.||"Raah Mein Bichhi Hai Palke"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Shubha Joshi||04:35|
|10.||"Huzoor Itna Agar Hum Par"||Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar||04:31|
- Citation: For her role in the film, in which she depicts the aspirations and agony of a lonely teenage girl.
- Citation: For excellent recreation of an era and showing dedication of an artist to music that defies all orthodox and conservative values.
- Citation: For superb depiction of a dynamic person who breaks shackles of society and achieves excellence in her chosen profession.
- Sardari Begum at imagineindia[dead link]
- Overview New York Times.
- Full cast at IMDB
- "44th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- "44th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-22.