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Khandahar  (The Ruins)



Three friends take a couple of days off and run away from the mad hurry of city life to enjoy themselves in the silence of the ruins, which once was a huge mansion of a feudal estate. In the midst of desolation lives a family of two, a mother and her daughter, heirs to a portion of the derelict mansion. The mother is sick, paralysed, and blind, surviving on a hope that a distant nephew of hers will one day come and, as promised, marry the daughter. But the fact is otherwise: the young man is now with his wife and a child living, perhaps, a settled life in the city. The daughter knows the truth but keeps it to herself. Two days and a half are enough to build a cruel story when, having been thrown into a peculiar situation, the visitors and the daughter are forced to go through a nerve breaking exercise, acting a dreadful play and giving an impression to the ailing and blind mother that the photographer among the visitors is the one who once promised to come and marry the daughter.

After two days and a half, the three friends prepare to leave the ruins and go back to the city. Just before they leave, the photographer and the girl have a short meeting which excites a brief dialog and a mute understanding. Soon after the photographer is back at his post in his studio and the girl is left to terrifying loneliness and to her mother who now will know the whole truth. And life goes on ...


Language Hindi (1983, Colour)
Producer Jagadish Chokhani
Story Premendra Mitra
Camera K. K. Mahajan
Music Bhaskar Chandabharkar
Cast Naseeruddin Shah
Shabana Azmi
Gita Sen
Pankaj Kapoor
Sreela Mazumder
Rajen Tarafdar
Annu Kapoor
Awards National Award - Best Direction (Mrinal Sen)
National Award - Best Actress (Shabana Azmi)
National Award - Best Editor (Mrinmoy Chakraborty)
Chicago Film Festival - Best Film (Golden Hugo)
Montreal Film Festival - Silver Award
International Film Guide selection - Top 5 films of the year


khanda2f.jpg (28773 bytes) Naseeruddin Shah as the photographer
Pankaj Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Annu Kapoor, and Sreela Mazumder khanda3f.jpg (41209 bytes)
khanda4f.jpg (58177 bytes) Pankaj Kapoor and Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi and Gita Sen as the blind mother khanda5f.jpg (43224 bytes)
khanda6f.jpg (45479 bytes) Naseeruddin Shah and Gita Sen
Rajen Tarafdar and Sreela Mazumder khanda10f.jpg (53912 bytes)
khanda8f.jpg (57290 bytes) Gita Sen talking to Mrinal sen during location shooting in Birbhum, Wes Bengal. The person walking away is Debi Haldar, the makeup artist of most of Sen's films.
Lunch break during location shooting. Sitting around the table are Pankaj Kapoor, K.K. Mahajan, Mrinal Sen, Sreela Mazumder, Shabana Azmi, and Annu Kapoor khanda7f.jpg (40834 bytes)
khanda9f.jpg (57254 bytes) Nisha Ruparel-Sen, Kunal Sen, and Shabana Azmi watching a shot during location shooting. Kunal and Nisha are Mrinal Sen's son and daugher-in-law