Zakhmi Aurat

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Zakhmi Aurat
Directed byAvtar Bhogal
Based onI Spit on Your Grave
Starring
Music byBappi Lahiri
Release date
  • 2 September 1988 (1988-09-02)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

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.[1] 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.[2][3] Khalid Mohammed 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".[4] 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."[5] 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".[6] 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."[7] Subhash Jha, however, wrote in 2002 that its box-office outcome notwithstanding, Zakhmi Aurat "turned into quite an embarrassment for its leading lady".[8]

Plot[edit]

The film is about women who have been raped and how they get revenge by castrating the rapists.[9] (This film is inspired by the 1978 X-rated thriller I Spit on Your Grave). Kiran Dutt (Dimple Kapadia) is a woman police officer who is gang raped by six goons in gruesome fashion - her jeans and panty flung on the fan, her hands and legs spread wide apart and tied to bed posts, as testimony to the ghastly act taking place below. In the film the victim's (Dimple) trust in the Indian judicial system is shattered when despite her testimony, her rapists walk free. She decides to punish the rapists by forming a gang of wronged women and the modus operandi is to first identify the rapists, trap them and then castrate them one by one. The film was generously sprinkled with explicit scenes falsifying the claim of the filmmaker of an anti-rape film. Watch what happens when she is taken to court. Will she get justice? or will she be punished for the crimes she has committed??

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

All songs are written by Faruk Kaiser.

Song Singer
"Tauba Tauba, Allah Tauba" Asha Bhosle
"Pal Pal Jale Meri Aatma" Asha Bhosle
"Pyar Mila, Sab Kuch Mila, Pyar Hai To Sansar Hai" Anuradha Paudwal, Mohammed Aziz
"Apni Raksha Aap Karegi" Mohammed Aziz
"Apni Raksha Aap Karegi" Chandrani Mukherjee

Production[edit]

Dialogues of this movie written by Iqbal Durrani became quite popular.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vasudev, Aruna (1995). Frames of mind: reflections on Indian cinema. UBSPD. p. 249. ISBN 978-81-7476-053-1.
  2. ^ Dutt, Bishnupriya; Reinelt, Janelle; Sahai, Shrinkhla (2017). Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performance. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-59093-6.
  3. ^ Vasudev, Aruna (March 1991). "Women beware men". Index on Censorship. 20 (3): 7–8. doi:10.1080/03064229108535052. ISSN 0306-4220.
  4. ^ Mohamed, Khalid (4 September 1988). "Zakhmi Aurat: How to Go Haywire". The Times of India.
  5. ^ Kishwar, Madhu; Vanita, Ruth (September–October 1988). "Male Fantasies Of Female Revenge" (PDF). Manushi. No. 48. pp. 43–44.
  6. ^ "Dimple Kapadia: The sensuous star". The Times of India. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  7. ^ Dhawan, M.L. (18 August 2002). "Year of offbeat films". The Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  8. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (23 September 2002). "Women cops chase reel life villains". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Year of offbeat films". The Sunday Tribune. 18 August 2002. Retrieved 17 April 2008.

External links[edit]

Zakhmi Aurat at IMDb