Kamla (film)

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Directed byJagmohan Mundhra
Written byVijay Tendulkar
Vasant Dev (dialogue)
Screenplay byVijay Tendulkar
Story byVijay Tendulkar
Based onKamala
by Vijay Tendulkar
Produced byJagmohan Mundhra
StarringShabana Azmi
Deepti Naval
Marc Zuber
A.K. Hangal
Tun Tun
Sulabha Deshpande
CinematographyPravin Bhatt
Edited byAshok Bandekar
Music byBappi Lahiri
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)

Kamla is a 1984 Hindi film produced and directed by Jagmohan Mundhra, starring Deepti Naval, Shabana Azmi, and Marc Zuber in lead roles. The film is titled after the character of Naval.[1] The screenplay by Vijay Tendulkar was based on his play Kamala, written in 1981.


Jaisingh Jadav (Marc Zuber), a Delhi-based journalist finds that even to this date, the flesh trade exists in a village in Madhya Pradesh, the victims being girls belonging to the Bhil tribe. Like any avid journalist, he travels to the village, followed by really buying a girl named Kamla (Deepti Naval) and takes her to his home in Delhi. As his intentions were good, some days later he holds a press conference where he reveals the actual wrongdoings going on in the village.[2]



  1. "Aaj Phir Aaine Se" - Salma Agha
  2. "Insaano Ko Neelam Kare Duniya" - Pankaj Udhas
  3. "Kaisa Yeh Karam" - Pankaj Udhas

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Kamla received rave reviews. The Times of India in a review stated, "Deepti Naval is called to widen her eyes, tremble like a scared rabbit and drop pearly smiles. To her credit, she performs these chores competently." The Indian Express wrote, "Mundhara is to be complimented on getting two credible – perhaps notable – performances from Deepti Naval and Marc Zuber – whose talents have so far been pretty well concealed."[3]

True Incident Inspiration[edit]

The movie is based on Tendulkar's play, which in turn is inspired by a real life expose by the journalist Ashwini Sarin, of The Indian Express. In the expose he actually bought a girl from the rural flesh market, from a village of Dholpur, Rajsthan, for an amount of Rs20000. He presented the woman at a press conference.


  1. ^ Somaaya, Bhawana (2004). Cinema: Images & Issues. Rupa&Co. p. 389. ISBN 9788129103703.
  2. ^ "Deepti Naval Filmography - Kamla".
  3. ^ "Kamla Reviews".

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