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Rihaee (1988 film)

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Director  Aruna Raje
Release date  August 31, 1988 (India)
Music director  Shaarang Dev
Country  India
7.6/10 IMDb

Running time  3h 2m
Screenplay  Aruna Raje, Suraj Sanim
Language  Hindi
28 years before Parched How Rihaee set rural womens sexuality free
Release date  31 August 1988
Writer  Aruna Raje (screenplay), Aruna Raje (story), Suraj Sanim (dialogue)
Cast  Hema Malini (Taku), Vinod Khanna (Amarji), Naseeruddin Shah (Mansukh), Reema Lagoo (Mother of 2 boys), Neena Gupta (Sukhi)
Similar movies  Hema Malini appears in Rihaee and Lal Patthar

Rihaee (Devnagari: रिहाई, English: Liberation) is a 1988 Hindi film directed by Aruna Raje, starring Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Naseeruddin Shah and Mohan Agashe in lead roles. The film dealt with the promiscuity of male migrant workers to urban India, and also the sexuality of women, left behind the rural regions.


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Hema Malini received a nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in the film

Rihaee 1988 Full Length Hindi Movie Vinod Khanna Hema Malini


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The story is set in a remote village in Gujarat. Menfolk here, like in many other villages across India go to the cities to work, leaving behind their families. Mansukh (Naseeruddin Shah) after working for a long time in Dubai, returns to his native village. This is the village where all the men have gone to work in the cities. The lonely women of the village are all excited with the arrival of Mansukh and many are after him. Especially Sukhi (Neena Gupta) and Reema Lagoo. Taku (Hema Malini) wife of Amarji (Vinod Khanna) is a woman with an attitude. She is an independent and strong women who is different from the group. Mansukh becomes interested in her and he goes after her. After his persistent attempts he succeeds & they start having a relationship.

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After a while Mansukh leaves the village. The women Sukhi and Taku later find out that they are both pregnant. How they deal with their pregnancies is the movie.

This is a staggering movie that shakes some of the fundamental rules of Indian society. It talks about equal opportunity to females on all aspects.

The movie starts with the introduction of the village characters through a postman (Harish Patel). Later,the movie targeting the men folks on their attitude towards women, hooks them with a common man's dream story. A man in a village filled with longing women. Then it slowly turns and constructs through various threads to tell how women is differentiated in the eyes of the society, what a baby means to a woman and what is real manliness.

Jhumkhu(Ila Arun) for example loses her son in a fire accident and is forced to do the funeral without her husband, as he is not able to come to the village. She goes through that trauma all alone. She almost becomes insane on that loss, this character is later used to convey the message that whether it is an accident or an abortion, the trauma of losing a child for a woman is the same. Like Jhumku there is a story behind every female character, and they have one problem or the other because of the fact that they are a woman.

The movie puts the double standard followed for men and women through various village characters. Mansukh's father in the panchayat blames the women of the village to be punished, without saying anything about his son who was responsible for everything. The movie also points out the hypocrisy of the society which says it is ok to hide the truth rather than reveal it openly.


  • Vinod Khanna : Amar Ji
  • Hema Malini : Taku
  • Naseeruddin Shah : Mansukh
  • Neena Gupta : Sukkhi
  • Ila Arun : Jhumku
  • Harish Patel : Narrator/Raoji Bhai (Postman)
  • Mohan Agashe : Roop Ji
  • Reema Lagoo : Mother of 2 Boys
  • Aditya Lakhia:
  • Sangeeta Naik : Special Appearance
  • Pallavi Joshi : Special Appearance
  • Hilla Sethna : Special Appearance
  • Robin Gupta : Special Appearance
  • Aditya Bhattacharya : Special Appearance
  • References

    Rihaee (1988 film) Wikipedia
    Rihaee (1988 film) IMDb