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Directed by Shyam Benegal
Produced by NFDC
Written by Priya Chandrasekar (Screenplay)
Shama Zaidi (Screenplay & Dialogue)
Starring Shabana Azmi
Rajit Kapur
Rajeshwari Sachdev
Nandita Das
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Cinematography Rajan Kothari
Edited by Aseem Sinha
Release date
Running time
134 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Hari-Bhari (Fertility) is 2000 Hindi film by Shyam Benegal, starring Shabana Azmi, Rajit Kapur, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Surekha Sikri and Nandita Das in lead roles.

The film revolves around the story of five women, belonging to different generations, each looking emancipation and the right to run their lives their own way. The film's main theme is the issue of women's 'fertility rights' empowerment.

The film won the 2000 National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare.


The movie tells the story of a middle aged Muslim woman Gazala (Shabana Azmi), who is ill treated by her husband and sent back to her parent's home, just because she is unable to give birth to a son. Gazala does have a daughter Salma (Rajeshwari Sachdev). The plot revolves around Gazala's stay at her mother's home and the problems faced by the women of the house, being her mother and sisters-in-law. The film is a beautiful description of the problems faced by women in the name of fertility, or in a different sense the urge to have a male child, especially in rural India. Shyam Benegal provides a masterpiece, reflecting on the sorrowful plight of rural Indian women. The irony lies in the point where the movie begins with a scene which shows a bull being brought to impregnate a buffalo. Five different women, each with a different story depicting the harsh realities of a woman's life.



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