Pinjar (novel)

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AuthorAmrita Pritam
Original titleਪਿੰਜਰ
TranslatorKhushwant Singh (in English)
Denis Matringe (in French)
PublisherTara Press (reprint)
Publication date
2009 (reprint)
Media typePrint

Pinjar (Punjabi: ਪਿੰਜਰ; English/Translation: The Skeleton) is a 1950 Punjabi-language novel written by notable Indian poet and novelist Amrita Pritam.[1] It is the story of a Hindu girl, Puro, abducted by a Muslim man, Rashid;[2] Puro's parents refuse to accept the defiled girl when she manages to escape from Rashid's home. Pinjar is widely considered one of the outstanding works of Indian fiction set during the period of the Partition of India.

Main characters[edit]

  • Puro (later, Hamida)
  • Rashid
  • Ramchand
  • Lajo
  • Trilok
  • Rajjo
  • Tara (Puro's Mother)
  • Mohanlal (Puro's Father)
  • Shyamlal (Ramchand's Father)
  • Pagali
  • Javed


The novel was adapted in the 2003 Hindi film of the same title (Pinjar), starring Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai and Sanjay Suri in the lead roles. After receiving critical acclaim, the film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.[3] A Pakistani television series based on the novel titled Ghughi premiered on 25 January 2018 on TVOne Pakistan.[4]


  1. ^ Dutt, Nirupama (February 20, 2005). "Pinjar: a novel ahead of its times". The Sunday Tribune - Books. Chandigarh. The Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Always Amrita, Always Pritam". Chandigarh. The Tribune. November 5, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Pinjar at IMDb
  4. ^ "Trailers of Adnan Siddiqui's drama Ghughi are out!". Daily Pakistan. 4 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-23.