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is a 2001
film directed by Rakjumar Santoshi. The film depicts several women, and their struggles, as they meet
, Vaidehi (
Tropes used in Lajja: All Abusers Are Male All-Star Cast: Some of the biggest names in Bollywood are in this one, including Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, and Manisha Koirala Angrish: Raghu Badass: Bulwa. All the way. Bedlam House: Janki is taken to an asylum after some drama, and she miscarries her illegitimate child there. Beware the Nice Ones: Oh, yes... Big Applesauce: Vaidehi and Raghu live here Bollywood Nerd: Ramdulaari's son Prakash, who is trying to improve life in his village by bringing computers and knowledge. Butt Monkey: Fakhru Character Filibuster: All of the main female characters get one. Curb-Stomp Battle: Oh, yes... Defiled Forever: Janki is considered this for getting pregnant outside of wedlock, and even considered insane. Also, Sushma is considered this, even though Prakash only kissed her. (Her family actually mourns her as though she's dead.) Maithili, too, because she rejected a marriage to her wimpy college sweetheart (from old money), because of her fiance's father's greed. Offscreen, Raju marries her, so she won't have to be alone forever or have to kill herself to save her family's honor. Domestic Abuse Double Standard: Explored many times, particularly during the sequences about Janki and Ramdulaari. Ducks In A Row Give Geeks a Chance: Gajendra's daughter Good Samaritan: Both Raju and Bulwa Gratuitous English Happy Ending: Raghu starts treating Vaidehi properly, and she gives birth to a healthy baby girl in New York City whom she names Ramdulaari. Meanwhile, Raju is Happily Married to Maithili, and makes a living as a New York City cab driver rather than stealing. And Janki is no longer held in the Bedlam House, but performs in a theatre in N.Y.C, doing charity shows to raise money that support women's organizations back in India. Heel-Face Turn: Eventually, Vaidehi's husband sees that he's been a real Jerk Ass, and mends his ways. Heel Realization: See above. Honor Before Reason: The root cause of all the women's troubles. Honor-Related Abuse: Ramdulaari is raped and murdered because her son is in love with the daughter of two very traditionalist village elders And the whole thing with Janki... The Item Number Laser-Guided Karma Large Ham: Janki. Justified, as she works in theatre. Lifetime Movie of the Week Meaningful Name: The four main characters are named for different aspects of the goddess Sita. The Medic: Ramdulaari, a midwife My Girl Is Not a Slut Nice Guy: Raju (not to be confused with Vaidehi's husband Raghu) Overprotective Dad: Gajendra Parental Marriage Veto: Gajendra and his brother do not like Ramdulaari's son. Pinball Protagonist: The whole point of the story is Vaidehi observing how badly women are being treated. Rape as Drama Rape and Revenge: Bulwa avenges Ramdulaari. In fact, he takes issue with ill-treatment of women in general (whether rape is involved or not), because Gajendra tried to rape Bulwa's mother when she begged him for a small pot of water during a drought. Rebellious Spirit: Janki Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Both Gajendra and Raghu Show Within a Show: Janki gives a What the Hell, Hero? to her boyfriend (who has accused her of cheating), during a theatrical performance (which, incidentally, is about the goddess Sita, who has been forced to undergo a Fidelity Test). The Moral Guardians and Media Watchdogs take this as blasphemy and write her off as a Hysterical Woman. Shrinking Violet: Lata Sleazy Politician: Gajendra. He is exposed and later killed by Bhulwa Soapbox Sadie: Both Janki and Ramdulaari are considered this, as is Vaidehi. The Unfair Sex: With a few exceptions, such as Bhulwa and Raju, most of the male characters in this film are just terrible people. And even Bhulwa, as nice as he may be, is still a thief. (Same with Raju) "The Reason You Suck" Speech Those Two Guys: Raghu's Yes-Man and his idiotic sidekick chasing after Vaidehi. Took a Level in Badass: Lata Type Caste: The main reason Gajendra doesn't approve of Prakash. Whip Sword: Bulwa's weapon of choice. It contributes to his swashbuckling image. "World of Cardboard" Speech: Vaidehi's speech at the end, as well as Janki's. Don't forget the speech given by Maithili Yes-Man You Can't Go Home Again: Vaidehi tries to go back home to her parents' house to escape her abusive husband, but since that would shame the family, they won't let her back. Your Cheating Heart: Vaidehi's husband, as well as Anita, the wife of his business associate, whom he is sleeping with.