National Film AwardBest Film on Family Welfare
Best Actress- Meera Jasmine
Kerala State Film AwardSecond Best Film
Best actress: Meera Jasmine
Second best actress: Rosalin
Best story:Aryadan Shoukat
Special Jury award: P. Sreekumar
Asianet Film AwardsBest actress: Meera Jasmine
Kerala film critics awardBest Film
Best Director:T. V. Chandran
Best actress: Meera Jasmine
V Shantaram AwardBest Actress: Meera Jasmine
Mathrubhumi Film AwardsMathrubhumi - Medimix Award for Best Actress: Meera Jasmine
National Film Academy AwardBest Actress: Meera Jasmine
Kerala Film Audience Council AwardBest Actress: Meera Jasmine
Shahina is a teenage Muslim girl studying in the 10th grade, when her relatives and the community chiefs decide to marry her to a boy named Rasaq. However, Rasaq is already married and the father of a child. Shahina knows nothing about married life and her interest still lie in attending school. Rasaq exploits shahina sexually in the beginning by drugging her, and later divorces her saying that she is not fit for the family. Shahina is happy that she can return to school, but soon realizes that she is pregnant.
Razia, holding a baby, is sent back home by her husband because her parents have failed to give the promised dowry. Razia���s friend, Shahina, visited her. She tries to cheer her up by talking about the baby and their days at school.
Hassan Moyeen is a busy matchmaker. Economically backward families opt for a Mysore marriage ��� where they give their daughters in marriage to unknown men from the neighbouring province of Mysore. Razia���s was one such marriage brokered by Hassan Moyeen. Her husband arrives seeking the remaining dowry amount, and seeks Hassan���s intervention.
Shahina���s mother, Saphia, makes a living by making rice dumplings and selling them at a nearby teashop.
Razak is already married, and has a child. He is trying to leave for the Gulf in search of a job. He decides to get married again so he can use the dowry to fund his trip. Hassan was hired to find a match for him. He impresses upon Saphia and her brother Abdu that it is time for Shahina to be married off.
Shahina reacts violently to the proposal because she wants to continue her studies. In spite of her mother���s sympathy, the elders, especially the men, try to dissuade her from her studies. For them her defiance amounts to deviant behavior. Finally, Shahina is forced to give in.
Razak meets with repeated failure in his attempts to consummate his marriage with Shahina, because sex is something the girl cannot make sense of. His very sight provokes revulsion in her. Razak���s first wife, Wahida, feels sorry for Shahina. On her part, Shahina takes a liking to Razak���s daughter, Mumtaz, and the two become inseparable.
Meanwhile, Razak forces Wahida to administer sedatives to Shahina. While she sleeps, Razak fulfills his sexual desire over shahina. When she wakes up, a shocked Shahina turns hysterical in anger. Razak uses her behavior as a pretext to divorce her. He takes her back home where Shahina resumes her studies. On the first day of exams, she slumps on her desk. A medical examination reveals that she is pregnant. A dejected Saphia dies. Shahina is accused of adultery and ostracized.Meera Jasmine as Shahina
M. R. Gopakumar as Abdu
Irshad as Rasaq
Mamukkoya as Hassan Moythu
Suja Karthika as Janakikutty
Anu Joseph as Wahida
Anamika Sivaraj as Razia