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Woh Chokri

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Director  Subhankar Ghosh
Music director  Sapan-Jagmohan
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Country  India
8.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Atul Tiwari
Language  Hindi
Woh Chokri movie poster
Writer  Atul Tiwari (dialogue)
Release date  1994
Cast  Neena Gupta (Mrs Geeta Devi), Paresh Rawal (Shri Lalit Ramji), Pallavi Joshi (Tunni), Om Puri, Javed Rizvi Jarehavi
Similar movies  Paresh Rawal appears in Woh Chokri and Sir
Tagline  वह छोकरी

Woh Chokri (1994) (English: That Girl; Hindi: वो छोकरी) is an Indian movie directed by Subhankar Ghosh and stars Pallavi Joshi, Neena Gupta, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri. Film won 3 National Film Awards. Pallavi Joshi won National Film Award – Special Jury Award whereas Paresh Rawal won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Neena Gupta that of the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for this movie.

Plot

Geeta Devi (Neena Gupta) is one of the daughters-in-law of a prominent and wealthy family, who is unfortunately widowed. Still youthful and attractive, she gives in to the wiles of one of the men in the neighbourhood, Lalit Ramji (Paresh Rawal), and starts living with him. She has a daughter, Apsara (Pallavi Joshi) by him, and the three are portrayed as a happy family.

One day, Lalit disappears without explanation, and from then on, the lives of the abandoned mother and daughter go steadily downward. Apsara is forced to leave school through her erstwhile in-laws' machinations; with no income, their landlord is forced to let them go, and they have to move to a hutment colony, Geeta begins work as a maidservant in order to earn a living and support her daughter. One of the poignant themes in the movie is Apsara's relationship with her father, to whose illusory love she hangs on with a childlike and, in the end, horribly unjustified faith.

Learning that Lalit is now a successful politician, Apsara persuades her mother to travel to New Delhi to meet him as she is sure her father will rescue them from their terrible condition. Rejected, the mother returns, and having lost all hope and faith in human goodness, takes to drink. Soon after, she dies leaving her daughter aged 16 all alone.

The daughter takes up her mother's job as maidservant in the house of a widower (Om Puri) of 15 years. He seems genuinely concerned for the welfare of the girl and slowly gains her trust and finally asks her to come live with him despite the age gap. After some initial reluctance, the girl finally accepts and starts living with Om Puri, and briefly the young girl is restored to a secure life free of want. Her protector, then dies of a heart attack. His relatives accuse the girl of murder and she is taken into custody and questioned by the police. After a few months she is released for lack of evidence. Left to her own devices, she works for a time as a prostitute until she decides to move to Delhi and try to get in touch with her father.

In Delhi, she lives in the railway station with three other street children, even acquiring a status of leadership among them. One day, she learns that her father is coming to the city and will be giving a conference. She decides to attend and during the conference, she gets up and starts shouting to her father that she is his daughter. Lalit ignores her calls and she is led out by the police and left a few miles down the road.

She then realizes that her mother was right and that her father had really abandoned them to their fate. Faced with the treacherous cruelty that life can show, she is walking along, loudly lamenting her fate and reviling life, when one of her father's henchmen slips up behind her, and brutally slits her throat

The movie ends with her lying dead on the grass.

References

Woh Chokri Wikipedia
Woh Chokri IMDb Woh Chokri themoviedb.org


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