About Film Screening with Tabu

The Film screened was:

Chandni Bar (141 mins)

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Stars: Rajpal Yadav, Tabu & Atul Kulkarni

Chandni Bar is a film directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. It depicts the gritty life of the Mumbai underworld, including prostitution,dance bars and gun crime. Mumtaz marries a Bombay-based male and moves into his tiny apartment. She finds that he is unable to obtain employment, so she undertakes to find employment herself and run their household. With no skills and qualifications, the only job the Mumtaz is offered is to be a dance-girl in “Chandni Bar”, which she reluctantly accepts. Her husband takes off with another woman, and a gangster named Potiya Sawant takes an interest in Mumtaz and marries her. She lives together with him for several years, and gives birth to a son, Abhay, and daughter, Payal. She wants Abhay and Payal to be educated, and stay far away from her world of dancing girls, and Potiya’s gangsters. Then Potiya gets in the bad books of other gangsters, loses his connections, becomes a target for the police and is killed in an “encounter”, leaving Mumtaz to return back to dancing at the Chandni Bar. Years pass by, Abhay and Payal are now in their teens and attending school, Chandni still works at Chandni Bar, not as a dancer, but as a waitress.

Event Info:

  • July 11, 6:30 pm
  • Chicago Cultural Center