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Directed by Amol Palekar
Produced by Dharampriya Das
Pravesh Sippy
Timeri N. Murari
Written by Timeri N. Murari
Starring Nirmal Pandey
Sonali Kulkarni
Music by Anand-Milind
Release date
Country India
Language Hindi

Daayraa (translation: The Square Circle) is a 1997 Bollywood movie, directed by Amol Palekar, starring Nirmal Pandey and Sonali Kulkarni. The screenplay was by award winning journalist and novelist, Timeri N. Murari. The music was composed by Anand-Milind and is regarded as one of their best. Critics awarded the film's music with rave reviews, especially lyricist Gulzar's brilliant poetry.


Set on the northeastern coast of India, this Indian film includes Bollywood song-and-dance elements in a plot about social issues in India, focusing on women's status in Indian village society, cross dressing, rape, and the history of Indian folk song. The film uses folk songs to tell the story, including one scene parodying Bollywood-style musical numbers.[citation needed]


Character Name Played by
The Transvestite Nirmal Pandey
The Girl Sonali Kulkarni
Madam Faiyyaz
Bar Owner Rekha Sahay
Widow Neena Kulkarni
Garage Owner Haidar Ali
Abductor Nandu Madhav
Abductor Nagesh Bhosie
Girl's Parent Rekha Sabnis
Girl's Parent Sanjay Sharma
Sushila's Husband Kalyani Karandikar
Jeep Driver Ganesh Yadav
Rapist Shezaad
Rapist Brijesh Singh
Rapist Rajiv Mohanty


  1. "Bolo Kya Tum" - Asha Bhosle
  2. "Chhote Nahi Chhute Na" - K. J. Yesudas
  3. "Danyi Ankh" - Devaki Pandit
  4. "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" - Hariharan, Jaspinder Narula
  5. "Palkon Pe Chalte Chalte" - K. J. Yesudas
  6. "Palkon Pe Chalte Chalte" - Asha Bhosle

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