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Characters / Lajja

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  • Baby Factory: She is seen and treated like a means of providing future generation by her wealthy husband and father-in-law.
  • Bathroom Break-Out: Escapes through a bathroom window when she finds out Raghu wants to kill her after the baby is born.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Her father tells her she can't go back to them (her original family) when she tries to escape Raghu's abuse and philandering.


  • Honor-Related Abuse: She is questioned and called bad names because Raju hid in her room (nothing actually happened, though).
  • Old Maid: Because of the scandal at the wedding, and her rejection of her fiance's wealthy family, she almost became one, and would have had to commit suicide to save face.
  • Pair the Spares: She marries Raju at the end.
  • Second Love: She is supposed to marry her wealthy (but wimpy) college sweetheart, but after she rejects him, Raju steps in. They get together at the end.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Calls her fiance's family out for greed, and for milking her father for dowry money.



  • Does Not Like Men: After being treated so badly by them, she becomes a man-hater.
  • Doorstop Baby: She was taken in and raised by Puroshottam, as well as trained in the performing arts by him.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Drinks to ease her stage fright, despite being 2 months pregnant.
  • Love Triangle: She is in a relationship with her co-star Manish, but her theatre instructor/director Puroshottham wants her to be his mistress instead.
  • Pregnant Badass
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Manish believes Puroshottham's lies about Janki and wants to leave her.
  • Shotgun Wedding: She is supposed to marry Manish, her boyfriend, who is her baby's father.
  • Take a Third Option: Her stunt does not go over well with the public, mainly because it was done during a religious play. She is given the option of going to Prison or a Bedlam House... The third choice appears when Puroshottham offers Janki his protection in exchange for being his mistress. Subverted because she doesn't take the third option and ends up going to the asylum instead.
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  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Manish for his cowardice and naivety, and to men in general during a play about Sita. Overlaps with a combination of "The Reason You Suck" Speech and a "World of Cardboard" Speech


  • Bollywood Nerd: She is learning from her son how to use a computer, and is teaching the people of her village computer literacy as well.
  • Country Mouse: Ramdulaari lives in a rural village, rather than in the city like most of the other characters do.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: She is raped and murdered because her son Prakash is in love with Sushma, Gajendra's daughter.
  • I Have a Family: She pleads with the men who turned against her that she has a family to take care of. A new twist: These men who turned against her are her family.
  • The Medic: She works as a midwife.
  • The Smart Guy: Is self-taught in many skills, and educates the women in the belief that one day things will be better for them if they have education.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls out the father of a newborn baby girl after he tried to drown her in a vat of milk.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: She openly speaks against female infanticide and maltreatment of women/girls in general.


  • Happily Ever After: By the end, he marries Maithili and it's implied it will be a happy marriage.


  • Angrish: He tends to grumble and spout off in a mix of both English and Hindi when he's furious.
  • Domestic Abuse: Raghu beats and berates his wife Vaidehi.
  • Happily Married: By the end, he has improved his behavior and his marriage, and has (presumably) broken off his illicit relationship.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: He's rendered impotent after a car accident
  • Your Cheating Heart: He's married to Vaidehi but he's sleeping with Anita, the wife of a business associate, and sees nothing wrong with this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets called out for cheating by Vaidehi.


  • It's Personal: Gajendra tried to rape Bulwa's mother when she asked him for a small container of water during a drought. Thus he sees all attacks on females as an attack on his now-deceased mother.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: He's a dacoit (bandit) who fights for the poor and oppressed in general and women in particular.


  • I Have No Son!: Gajendra disowns his beloved daughter Sushma when she runs off with Prakash.


  • Casting Couch: It is implied he puts at least some of his female theatre-company-members (possibly including Janki) through this, or at least tries to seduce them with promise of better roles.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He keeps his beautiful young spouse Lata confined to the house for fear that she'll be unfaithful (or people will think she is).
  • Domestic Abuse: He keeps his young wife locked up in the house.
  • Double Standard: He can go out to his heart's content, but if his wife so much as looks out of the window, there will be hell to pay.
  • Wife Husbandry: Seems to think that because he took Janki in and raised her, that he is entitled to have sex with her. Janki does not agree and does not want to be his mistress.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Puroshottam tries to pose as a wounded party. He tells Manish that Janki's child belongs to him (Puroshottam), that she has been cheating on him.


  • Age-Gap Romance: She is married to Puroshottam, who is probably in his 50's or 60's (maybe even older). She doesn't look to be a day over 30, if even that. Her husband is very jealous and doesn't trust her — he keeps her locked in their house.
  • Domestic Abuse: She is kept confined to the house by her jealous husband.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Finally stands up to Puroshottam after Vaidehi calls him out for what he allowed to happen to Janki.


  • Defiled Forever: She's regarded as such for running off with Prakash, to the point where her family mourns her as if she died.


  • Bollywood Nerd: Studies in the city, and is bringing computers to the village to improve life there.
  • Groin Attack: Gajendra wanted him castrated for being involved with Sushma. Subverted as it doesn't happen.
  • Type Caste: Gajendra dislikes him because he's from a poor family, a lower caste.


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