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30th August 2001
Lajja pg cert camera  

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Producer(s): Rajkumar Santoshi
Madhuri Dixit, Rekha, Manisha Koirala, Mahima Chowdhury, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Ajay Devgan.
Length: 191 minutes
31st August 2001
Reviewed by:
Jay Virdee


Four women one story
Jay Virdee reviews Lajja giving it 9/10

The film was about a middle class traditional Asian woman (Manisha Koirala) and a wealthy westernised Asian man (Jackie Shroff), they both loved each other.

The husband (Jackie Shroff) would party, get drunk, flirt around other women and expect his wife (Manisha Koirala) to except it. She leaves him to return to her parents in India.

"Why do women have to prove themselves before they can be loved and respected?"

Jay Virdee
BBC Leicester reviewer

He has an accident and is told he will never be able to have a child, but then discovers his wife is pregnant and will have an heir. His father wants the child and plots to kill the mother after.

He pleaded that he wants her back but, she discovers her life is at risk she escapes. Not even her parents would support as she belongs to another family.

On her journey she meets various groups of people of problems off their own. She sees that women in India are either killed at birth, have difficult in getting married unless the davory is paid, accused of being unfaithful, raped and killed.

She learns that she has to make a stand to her husband. At one stage off the film she is in confrontation with her husband who will be killed by a criminal because he is dishonest, but she saves his life by pleading for her 'suhhga' the criminal states women are their own victims sometimes.

"I was engrossed and enjoyed the film. I did not even yawn. It was educational exciting and true."

Jay Virdee
BBC Leicester reviewer

The husband then realises that he has been saved by the every women who he had come to kill after his child is born.

It is all about women's Lib. I see myself as being a westernised woman with great traditional values. I admired the main actress for her beliefs because she is the person I would like to be.

The film showed how a male dominated country treats women. The women are second class. They are non-existent. Women are to cook, clean, have children (sons) and for their pleasure. It does not matter if a women is raped abused or killed because, it would have been said they deserved it.

As we know it is these men who are changing in the way they think about women. More and more women defend themselves. They are fighting for their right and respect.

"The film is well directed, excellent songs, although they should have had more realistic fights."

Jay Virdee
BBC Leicester reviewer

This film is new and from it we can understand that women in some places of India are still undergoing this torture. In the film the main actress opens the eye for women. It is important to educate these women and make them realise that they do not have to put up with torturous behaviour from men.

In the film women are referred to as 'Goddesses' therefore if men abuse women then they have abused a GOD. The film also proves that what comes around goes around meaning what evil you do you will have to pay the consequences.

This film shows the barbaric acts of men towards a women. It touched my heart at the end of the film.

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