Pinjar (film)

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Hindi पिंजर
Directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
Screenplay by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
Story by Amrita Pritam
Based on Pinjar
by Amrita Pritam
Starring Urmila Matondkar
Manoj Bajpayee
Sanjay Suri
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Isha Koppikar
Farida Jalal
Sandali Sinha
Priyanshu Chatterjee
Music by Uttam Singh
Gulzar (lyrics)
Cinematography Santosh Thundiyil
Edited by Ballu Saluja
Release date
  • 24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
Running time
188 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

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.[1] 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 exacting 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.



All of the tracks were composed by Uttam Singh, with lyrics by Gulzar. Tracks "Charkha Chalati Maa" and "Waris Shah Nu" lyrics by Amrita Pritam.

# Song Artist(s)
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



  1. ^ "Always Amrita, Always Pritam". Chandigarh. The Tribune. 5 Nov 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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