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French poster of the film
Directed byMrinal Sen
Produced byJagadish Choukhani
Screenplay byMrinal Sen
Premendra Mitra
Based onTelenapota Abishkar (Discovering Telenapota)
by Premendra Mitra
StarringShabana Azmi
Naseeruddin Shah
Sreela Majumdar
Music byBhaskar Chandavarkar
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Edited byMrinmoy Chakraborty
Release date
  • 8 June 1984 (1984-06-08)

Khandhar (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. They keep up the charade for the duration of the trio's visit, Subhash quietly becoming attracted to Jamini even as he understands the fate awaiting her. When the friends leave, 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 24 June 2009.
  3. ^ "50 Years of Memories: Highlights from the History of the Chicago International Film Festival" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2015.

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