21 Years of Lajja: When the tears stop, the revolution begins… 21 years ago with this tag line, the poster of the film ‘Lajja’ featured a strong picture of Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala, Mahima Chaudhary. Story of this film She was seen telling. The film ‘Lajja’, directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, was a film released on 31 August 2001 in which the plight of women in Indian society was shown on the silver screen. These days Bollywood films are flopping, so many times it is also being said that the story of the film is not strong, the original content is not there, due to this the films are not playing. But sometimes it happens that the story of the film is also strong, the actors are also good, yet the film is not able to do any special charisma at the box office. The same thing happened with ‘Lajja’ 21 years ago.
Rajkumar Santoshi is one such film director who believes in showing entertainment with a social message. In ‘Lajja’, he cast Rekha, Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Mahima Chaudhary as well as Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan and Jackie Shroff. Not only this but if the villain and the character artist are mixed, then there are about 30 actors in this film. In the story of this film with more than one cast, the black-and-white pictures spread inside a society dominated by men were presented on the screen. This female-oriented film was not successful at the box office, as the story of the film was not easy for the general audience to digest. Although the film and the cast had received many awards.
News of the newspaper shook
Rajkumar Santoshi’s eyes went to a news published in a newspaper one day, in which it was about a 42-year-old woman from a village near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. According to the news, the woman was kept captive for 9 days and was burnt alive after raping her continuously. On reading this news, Santoshi’s mind was shaken and she decided to make a film on it. Santoshi along with Ranjit Kapoor and Ashok Rawat finalized the story, script of the film. The characters of the film were also finalized. Since the film was based on a true incident, he also decided to go to that village.
No one in the village was ready to talk to Rajkumar Santoshi.
In an interview given to the media, Rajkumar Santoshi had told that ‘I also went to that village of Kanpur with my camera person and art director, but the surprising thing was that no one wanted to talk on this issue, everyone kept silent. Were. The fear of the bullies was so much that no one was ready to tell us anything. The relatives of the deceased informed us about the entire incident, due to which the script of the film was finalised.
‘Lajja’, a shared story of 4 women’s pain
There are four short stories in ‘Lajja’. Every story is from a different place. Wherever the story is, the pain of women is more or less the same. ‘Lajja’ tells the story of four women Vaidehi, Maithili, Janki and Ramdulari. In this film, the role of Vaidehi was played by Manisha Koirala and Maithili Mahima Chaudhary, Janaki Madhuri Dixit and Ramdulari were played by Rekha. Manisha Koirala is in the lead role, who narrates the whole story. She meets all the female characters and talks about their pain and suffering.
film making was not easy
It is said that when the film was made, there was a lot of controversy. All the actors including Rajkumar Santoshi, Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit were arrested. Madhuri Dixit and Rekha were awarded the Filmfare Award for their excellent performance in the film.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 31, 2022, 06:30 IST