Dahan (film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Rituparno Ghosh
Written by Suchitra Bhattacharya (story)
Rituparno Ghosh (screenplay)
Starring Shakuntala Barua
Abhishek Chatterjee
Indrani Halder
Subhendu Chatterjee
Rituparna Sengupta
Suchitra Mitra
Release date
Running time
145 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

Dahan (Crossfire) (1997) is an Indian Bengali feature film directed by Rituparno Ghosh. The film is based on Suchitra Bhattacharya's story of the same name.



A newly wed couple Romita (Rituparna Sengupta) and Palash (Abhishek Chatterjee) are attacked on the open road. The goons molested Romita, but nobody comes forward to help, except a schoolteacher, Jhinuk (Indrani Halder), who rushes to the spot to help. She is later hailed a heroine by the press. One day, Palash, due to misunderstanding in a feat of rage ends up raping his wife

Jhinuk was determined to punish the assailants, and helped police. However, the experience of Jhinuk turns out to be a frustrating experience for her when the victim's family turn away.


Rituparna Sengupta and Indrani Halder shared the National Film Award for Best Actress in 1998 for the film. Ghosh won National Film Award for Best Screenplay.


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