Zakhmi Aurat (English : Wounded Woman) is a 1988 Indian Hindi movie starring Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar and directed by Avtar Bhogal. Kapadia played Kiran Dutt, a police officer who is subject to gang rape and, when the judicial system fails to convict the criminals, unites with other rape victims to castrate the rapists in revenge. A financial success, the film opened to a polarised reaction from critics and further attracted wide coverage for its lengthy and brutal rape scene involving Kapadia. Khalid Mohamed of The Times of India noted Kapadia's "power packed performance" but criticised the rape sequence as "utter lasciviousness" and "vulgarity spattering through the screen". Feminist magazine Manushi panned its low cinematic quality, including the absurdity of the action scenes and the "ugly kind of titillation" in the rape scene, but believed it "stays closer to women's experience" than other films of its sort; the review was particularly approving of Kapadia's work: "What really carries the film through is Dimple Kapadia's performance—low key, moving and charming without being at all clinging or seductive. She brings a conviction to her role that is rare among Bombay heroines." In later years, The Times of India labelled it a "B-grade movie" though it noted Kapadia's convincing portrayal of "anguish and bitterness at being denied justice". M.L. Dhawan from The Tribune, while documenting the famous Hindi films of 1988, praised Kapadia for "proving her mettle as an actress of intensity and passion." Subhash K. Jha, however, wrote in 2002 that its box-office outcome notwithstanding, Zakhmi Aurat "turned into quite an embarrassment for its leading lady".
|1||"Pal Pal Jale Meri Aatma"||Asha Bhosle|
|2||"Pyar Mila, Sab Kuch Mila"||Asha Bhosle|
|3||"Tauba Tauba Allah Tauba"||Asha Bhosle|
|4||"Apni Raksha Aap Karegi" (Female)||Chandrani Mukherjee|
|5||"Apni Raksha Aap Karegi" (Male)||Mohammed Aziz|
|6||"Zakhmi Aurat"||Mohammed Aziz, Anuradha Paudwal|
Dialogues of this movie written by Iqbal Durrani became quite popular.
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