Parama (film)

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Poster of Parama, featuring Rakhee Gulzar
Directed by Aparna Sen
Written by Aparna Sen
Starring Raakhee
Aparna Sen
Anil Chatterjee
Deepankar Dey
Mukul Sharma
Music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Cinematography Ashok Mehta
Release date
Running time
139 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi and Bengali

Parama [1] (English title: The Ultimate Woman) is a 1985 award-winning Indian Bengali feature film directed by Aparna Sen.[2]


The movie is about a 40-year-old married woman, Paroma (Raakhee) whose identity lies in the words like "bahu" (the daughter-in-law), "kaki maa" (paternal aunt) and "bhabhi" (brother's wife). Her well-settled, very normal and predictable life turns upside down when Rahul (Mukul Sharma), an expatriate photo-journalist working for a magazine chooses her to pose for a photo essay, "An Indian Housewife". It begins with a simple question, "What do you think, Paroma?". Through Rahul, Paroma rediscovers herself. His photographs of her make her look glamorous. Their affair or rather her discovery of herself, becomes a problem when some of the photographs, earlier admired by the family, are published in a journal (the semi nude photographs that were published were never shown to the family, Rahul deceived her by publishing those photographs without her consent). Paroma is rejected by her husband and has a mental breakdown. In the end, a doctor suggests prescribing psychiatric treatment and the family is willing to accept her back, but Paroma adamantly refuses any sense of guilt, turning to her friend and asking her if she can help her find a job.



1986 National Film Awards


  1. ^ a b "33rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 27. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Chatterjee, Shoma A. "Paroma". Retrieved 2013-09-19. 

External links[edit]

External video
Full movie at Youtube (Hindi dubbed)