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French poster of the film
Directed by Mrinal Sen
Produced by Jagadish Choukhani
Screenplay by Mrinal Sen
Premendra Mitra
Based on Telenapota Abishkar (Discovering Telenapota)
by Premendra Mitra
Starring Shabana Azmi
Naseeruddin Shah
Sreela Majumdar
Music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Cinematography K. K. Mahajan
Edited by Mrinmoy Chakraborty
Release date
  • 8 June 1984 (1984-06-08)
Country India
Language Hindi

Khandahar (English: Ruins) is a 1984 Bengali film in Hindi language directed by Mrinal Sen, based on a Bengali short story, Telenapota Abishkar (Discovering Telenapota) by Premendra Mitra.[1] The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapur. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Three friends from the city visit some ruins where an aged mother (Gita Sen) and her daughter Jamini (Shabana Azmi) live. Mother awaits the arrival of a distant cousin to marry Jamini, but the man is already married and living in Calcutta. The photographer Subhash (Naseeruddin Shah) takes pity on the family and pretends to be the awaited suitor. The mother dies contented. When the threesome leave again, Jamini stays behind, facing a life of loneliness in the ruins.




Ujwal Nirgudkar received Assocham Award for Best Film Restoration of Khandhar.


  1. ^ Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 337. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Khandhar". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^ "50 Years of Memories: Highlights from the History of the Chicago International Film Festival" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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