|Directed by||Chandra Prakash Dwivedi|
|Screenplay by||Chandra Prakash Dwivedi|
|Story by||Amrita Pritam|
by Amrita Pritam
|Music by||Uttam Singh
|Edited by||Ballu Saluja|
Pinjar (Hindi: पिंजर, Urdu: پنجر, Punjabi: ਪਿੰਜਰ; English:The Cage) is a 2003 Indian period drama film directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi. The movie is about the Hindu-Muslim problems during the partition of India. The film is based on a Punjabi novel of the same name, written by Amrita Pritam. Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee and Sanjay Suri are in the lead roles. Besides critical acclaim, the film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
Pinjar is set in the time of the 1947 partition. Puro is a young woman of Hindu background, who lives a happy, comfortable life with her family. She is betrothed to a wealthy, kind young man, Ramchand, who is from a promising family. While on an outing with her younger sister Rajjo, Puro is suddenly kidnapped by a mysterious man, Rashid. Rashid's family has an ancestral dispute with Puro's family. In the past, Puro's family had made Rashid's family homeless by taking over their property. Puro's grand-uncle had even kidnapped Rashid's grand-aunt and then released her after defiling her. The task of extracting revenge is given to Rashid, and his family tell him to kidnap Puro, in order to settle the score.
Rashid goes through with the kidnapping but cannot bring himself to be cruel to Puro, since he is drawn to her. One night, Puro manages to escape and return to her parents. Her parents woefully turn away their daughter, explaining that if Puro were to stay, Rashid's extended clan would slaughter everyone in their village. Left with no support, Puro returns to Rashid who is well-aware of Puro's escape; he knew she wouldn't be let in by her parents and had been waiting for her nearby. After a few months, Puro's family marries their son Trilok to Ramchand's younger sister, Lajjo, while Rajjo is married off to Ramchand's cousin. Meanwhile Rashid marries Puro, and they settle into an uneasy routine of husband and wife, during which time Puro becomes pregnant but miscarries.
The British colonialists leave India and the subcontinent reels under the effects of the partition. Ramchand's uncle, cousin and Rajjo leave for India and are safe. Ramchand, his parents and Lajjo are caught in the riots. Ramchand hurriedly leaves to India with his younger sister and mother; his father is already missing. Shortly after, Lajjo is kidnapped by rioters. Puro meets Ramchand, who woefully tells her of Lajjo's situation. Puro finds Lajjo and helps her escape with Rashid's assistance. They send Lajjo to Lahore where Trilok and Ramchand come to receive her.
Trilok has a tearful reunion with Puro and explains to her that if she so chooses, she can start a new life, as Ramchand is ready to accept her even now. Puro surprises Trilok by refusing and saying that after everything that has happened, she is where she belongs. Ramchand responds with tremendous empathy to Puro, as he sees that she has accepted Rashid. Meanwhile, Rashid slowly tries to merge into the crowd, making it easier for Puro to leave with her family. He is heartbroken, as he is deeply in love with her, but wants her to be happy. However, Puro seeks Rashid out and the two tearfully bid Ramchand, Trilok, and Lajjo farewell forever.
- Urmila Matondkar as Puro/Hamida
- Manoj Bajpayee as Rashid
- Sanjay Suri as Ramchand
- Sandali Sinha as Lajjo
- Priyanshu Chatterjee as Trilok
- Isha Koppikar as Rajjo
- Lilette Dubey as Tara, Puro's mother
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Mohanlal, Puro's father
- Alok Nath as Shyamlal, Ramchand's father
- Farida Jalal as Ramchand's mother
- Seema Biswas as Pagali
- Dina Pathak as Rashid's aunt
- Sudha Shivpuri as Rashid's mother
- Pradeep Kukreja as Hukamchand
- Salima Raza as Hukamchand's wife
- Ghulam Arif as Managing director
- Rohitash Gaud as Rashid's brother
- Saurabh Bavaliya as Lajjo's cousin child
- Niharika as Kamla
- Savita Bajaj as Dai ma
- Parveena Bano as Rahim's wife.
|1||"Shaba Ni Shaba"||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan|
|2||"Maar Udari"||Jaspinder Narula, Preeti Uttam|
|3||"Haath Choote"||Jagjit Singh, Preeti Uttam|
|4||"Vatna Ve"||Roop Kumar Rathod, Uttam Singh|
|5||"Darda Marya"||Jaspinder Narula, Wadali Brothers|
|6||"Charkha Chalati Maa"||Preeti Uttam|
|7||"Sita Ko Dekhe"||Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam|
|8||"Shabad" (Hymn's)||Preeti Uttam|
|9||"Waris Shah Nu"||Wadali Brothers, Preeti Uttam|
- 2004: Filmfare Best Art Direction Award:Munish Sappal
- 2004: National Film Award - Special Jury Award: Manoj Bajpai