Anahat (film)

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Anahat TheMovie.jpg
Promotional theatrical poster
Directed byAmol Palekar
StarringAnant Nag
Sonali Bendre
Deepti Naval
CinematographyDebu Deodhar
Release date
2003 (2003)
Running time
90 minutes

Anahat (Eternity) is a 2003 Marathi film directed by Amol Palekar and starring Anant Nag, Sonali Bendre and Deepti Naval. Anahat focuses on a woman (Bendre) asserting her right to sexual fulfillment. Anahat, (the eighth feature film of the actor-turned-director), is the second offering by Palekar which examines gender-related issues, the first being Daayra. The film was inspired by Surendra Verma’s Hindi play Surya ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak.[1]

Anahat was screened as the opening film of the 2003 Indian Panorama, an International film festival.[2] It was also screened at Jerusalem Film Festival in 2011 along with five other movies.[3]


Anahat is set in the 10th century A.D in Shravasti, the capital of the Kingdom of Malla. It revolves around two individuals — the king of Malla (Anant Nag) who is unable to father an heir, and the Queen, Sheelavati (Sonali Bendre), who is forced to choose a potent mate for one night. But, while the queen is ordered to merely produce an heir through the prevalent custom of Niyoga, she enjoys the sexual act without hurting her husband and comes to realise what her life was missing (in terms of sexual fulfillment).[4][5]


  1. ^ "Echoes of eternity". Indian Express. 23 September 2003. Archived from the original on 28 February 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  2. ^ "International Film Festival of India-2003". Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  3. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (2 September 2017). "Israel sways to Bollywood songs".
  4. ^ "Sonali Bendre to make a comeback to Marathi films? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Sonali Bendre in Marathi film !". The Hans India. Retrieved 28 September 2017.

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