Urmila Matondkar on 18 years of Pinjar: ‘Wondering if the situation of women has actually changed’

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On the 18th anniversary of her critically acclaimed drama Pinjar, actor Urmila Matondkar Sunday said the film continues to be a relevant portrayal of how women are treated in society.

Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the 2003 film was based on the 1950 Punjabi novel of the same name by poet and writer Amrita Pritam.

The film takes place in 1947, in which Matondkar plays Puro, a Hindu kidnapped by the Muslim Rashid, played by actor Manoj Bajpayee, while India and Pakistan head towards partition. The film focuses on the conflict between Hindus and Muslims of that era.

Matondkar tweeted: “For 18 years he played Puro in Amrita Pritam’s timeless classic Pinyar. It is impossible not to wonder, although things seem to have changed, whether the position of women has really changed for the better or are they still struggling with the worldview of a tough society. What do you think?”

Pinjar received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Bajpayee also received a national award – a special jury prize – for his role in the film. This is the actor’s second national award since his 1998 breakout. Satya

Pinjar also featured Sanjay Suri, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Isha Koppikar and Tum Bin Sandali Sinha star.



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