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Directed by Prakash Jha [1]
Produced by Prakash Jha[2]
Written by Shaiwal
Starring Annu Kapoor
Sreela Mazumdar
Manohar Singh
Deepti Naval
Ranjan Kamath
Pyare Mohan Sahay
Music by Raghunath Seth
Cinematography Rajen Kothari
Release date
31 December 1984
Running time
106 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Damul (English: Bonded until Death) is a 1985 Hindi film directed by Prakash Jha, based on the story Kaalsootra by Shaiwal, a native of Gaya district of Bihar.,[3] and Annu Kapoor, Sreela Mazumdar, Manohar Singh, Deepti Naval, Ranjan Kamath and Pyare Mohan Sahay in lead roles.


The story is about a bonded labourer who is forced to steal for his landlord, to whom he is bonded until death. Set in rural Bihar of 1984, the film focuses on the caste politics and the oppression of the lower castes in the region, through bonded labour. The film also highlights the issue of heavy migration of the poor villagers of Bihar to richer states like Punjab in search of livelihood.[4]


International acclaim[edit]

Damul was invited for both the competition and participation sections at the Montreal, Chicago and Moscow film festivals.


  1. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/retrospective-of-prakash-jha-movies-in-fiji/660991/
  2. ^ http://theviewspaper.net/the-demise-of-parallel-cinema/
  3. ^ Interview Part I passionforcinema.com.
  4. ^ Damul One Hundred Indian Feature Films: An Annotated Filmography, by Shampa Banerjee, Anil Srivastava. Taylor & Francis, 1988. ISBN 0-8240-9483-2, ISBN 978-0-8240-9483-6. Page 66

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