Synopsis: Shankar Singh and his wife, Meera, live in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India along with widowed paternal grandmother, Laxmibai, his mom, Gowri, and dad, Randhir. The family feel that they are blessed after Meera's entry in this family. Shankar must go and abroad in Saudi Arabia and bids farewell to Meera, promising to keep in touch, which he does, and also sends them a large portion of his earnings, which is used to pay off the family's debts. Then when no word is received from him, a worried Meera phones, and is devastated to learn that Shankar has been killed by being thrown off a 10th floor balcony. Her status quickly changes, her jewelery, ornaments, fancy clothes are taken off, and she is told to remain indoors. wear dark clothes, and is only allowed to pray at a Mandir. Things brighten up for Meera when she befriends an Islamic woman, Zeenat, who has come all the way from Himachal Pradesh to look for her husband, Amir Khan. Shortly thereafter, Meera's world is turned upside down when she
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Nagesh Kukunoor
Production: T-House Productions
147 min

I've been waiting

with my arms outstretched

Lo! My prayers are answered

I've got my wish

This prayer of yours

shall not be answered

Every thing happens in its own pace

and place. And right now,

I have to fix this house,

else, there'll be a disaster

Get down.

- What are you doing?


Marry me


- You will belong to me

I belong to you.

- For ever, I mean

Scared that I may stray?


- And you feel that social practice...

is stronger than my will?

Zeenat, my strong lady love,

you can consider it...

my weakness, or apprehensiveness.

In fact, I'm tired of this hide-n-seek

I know that I was scared

of the world, not you

But I've had enough.

I'm going to Saudi tomorrow

Marry me

Now? Right here?

Right time, right place

Hear ye all

The emperor is coming

After he's gone,

you will also go with us to the temple

It's beautiful.

- I will, uncle

May the Goddess protect you

on your journey

Where's my yoghurt shake?

Do I ever get it without asking?

I'll get it

Don't spoil her!

Henpecked husband

I'll miss you a lot

Only a matter of few months

Come back soon.

- Before I get over the memories?

These are unforgettable memories

I, Amir Khan, wish to marry you,

Zeenat Fatima

In mehr, I give you these earrings...

and my heart

I, Zeenat Fatima, approve of you

In mehr, I accept your earrings,

your heart,

your life and soul

My life, my soul

Don't weep. Don't make my journey

more difficult

I'm in pain, it's my choice

Do you know what I prayed for?

May this sun never set,

may this day never end

True. How do you know?

I can read your mind


What am I thinking of now?

Not here

At least write once a month.

Make our village proud

Bring glory to our country.

- I will, father

My respects.

- Bless you

Take care of yourself.

- And do write


And the money you will send,

don't send it by post

And eat well.

- I will

It contains food. Careful

Would you leave without

accepting our farewell, son?

You leave me with no choice

You should've at least asked us

before marrying, Amir

In getting your approval,

I lost two years, mother

Come here

Salaam Aleikom

Father, mother... this is Zeenat

Your daughter-in-law

You can accept this fact,

you can even hate it

As you know, she'll accept

any of your choices

We know

Then let's hear your decision.

- What's this hurry about?

Father, it's simple. Yes, or no

That's it. You'll hear of me

only when I return

Only Zeenat will get my letters

and phonecalls

Don't be so unsympathetic, son.

- Mother, have you ever realised...

how harsh you've been with me?

Take care of yourself

Write as soon as you reach

My last tears. I won't shed a tear

until you return

I used to wonder

why God created you

But now I just thank Him

everytime I breathe

O my poet, do write those words again

in your letters

lmagine me in it

Will you take care of me?


Got the Sim card?



Turn this way,

or, you'll lose the network


- All right


- Hello, my love

How are you?

- First-class. And you?

I'm fine

I hope you are eating well?

- Will you ask me every month?

I just want to hear your voice

The voice of my freedom.

- What then happens of me?

I'm stuck between the earth and

the sun. You must feel the same

But please, go on speaking

Time up

Take my name

Is he coming towards you?


My name!

- Meera

Thanks. I'll call you next month

Take care of yourself

You still had ten seconds...

to say a few more things

Do drop in. Else, my business

will be ruined

How many months more?

About four months


In few months, we'll get possession

of the mansion of our ancestors

Our honour will also be restored

I had let it out

with a heavy heart

A man's honour is seriously attached

to his family and house

And the happiness that is

around us today, is thanks to you

What have I done?

It's your son who is earning

My son!

In the last 5 years

we couldn't repay...

what he has repaid

in just six months

True. But, it's thanks to

the Goddess of Wealth

Before marriage, your darling son

was a wastrel


- Assalam


why don't you employ someone?

I have told you several times

Old bones need some help

I can't believe how we made a mistake

in recognising you

Never mind, father. Even I thought

the two of you were quite touchy,

miserly, obstinate and high-handed

Why don't you keep some money?

- My salary is enough for me

You know that you

also have a right to it

Yes. But I'm not in need

Goodbye. God be with you.

- God be with you too

That will be mine and Shankar's room

Whose room will that one be?

- Raj

And that one will be

my mother-in-law's

And this one?

- For you

"My beautiful..."


"come to me"


"to my land"

Your name is not here.

I'm surprised too

Brother hasn't ever been careless

I'll pay you next month.

Do you trust me?

I do trust...

- Then?

Just one minute

All right



I'm Meera here

Can I speak to Shankar Singh?

It's mine


Who's speaking?


It's okay, tell me


Amir has been arrested

on charges of murder

He's been given the capital punishment

I think we must consult Akbar

Holy Priest, show us a way out

Trust Allah.

You must visit a mosque...

and make an offering

Are you Amir Khan's father?

- Yes

I'm Natarajan, I come from the

Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi

Even we have no clue

All we know is that Amir and

his roommate Shankar had a brawl

Shankar fell from the balcony.

Perhaps Amir pushed him

They lived on the tenth floor.

- Amir had told me about Shankar

They got along very well.

- Correct

Their neighbours too confirm that.

- Then this is certainly an accident

I too feel the same. I somehow managed

to have a word with Amir last week

He too said the same.

- We can have him released, can't we?

Please tell the police,

he is innocent...

Not that easy. There's no witness

We just have Amir's statement

Amir is a trucker, and...

- His life is not worth a deal, right?

Ma'am, such news is normally

given by the local police

But, I have personally come here,

on leave

Thank you for

the trouble you've taken

Can I talk to Amir?

We don't even know

where he is being held

The punishment will be carried out

in two months

In two months?

Look, I don't intend

to enliven your hopes

But perhaps, there is a way

As per Saudi law. If the widow

forgives her husband's killer...

if Shankar's wife signs

Amir's mercy petition...

Amir can be saved

Thank God. We'll send

these documents at once

The problem is, we have no idea

where she lives

Shankar was from Rajasthan, but

the address in his passport is fake

This practice is quite common. We are

investigating, but it'll take time

Our government is discussing it

with the Saudi government

Will take time?

I don't understand this

You are well-versed with the law.

Is there really no way out?

Rajasthan is a huge state.

Our men are trying...

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Nagesh Kukunoor

Nagesh Kukunoor (Telugu: నాాగేశ్ కుకునూర్) (born 30 March 1967) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor known for his works predominantly in Bollywood. He is known for his works in parallel cinema, such as Hyderabad Blues (1998), Rockford (1999), Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), Aashayein (2010), Lakshmi (2014), and Dhanak (2016). Kukunoor has received seven International Awards, and two National Film Awards for his works.In 2003, he directed 3 Deewarein, which was showcased among the Indian panorama section, at the 2003 International Film Festival of India. The film was also premiered at the Kolkata Film Festival. After having been screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, where it was well received, the film was screened at the Commonwealth Festival at Manchester, it was nominated as one of the top five films, at the gala presentation. Nagesh Kukunoor has also received the Filmfare Award for Best Story.In 2006, he garnered the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, for directing Iqbal. In 2014, he received the Mercedes Benz Audience Award, for Best Narrative at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for Lakshmi. In 2015 he directed the road movie, Dhanak, which won the Crystal Bear Grand Prix for Best Children's Film, and Special Mention for the Best Feature Film by The Children's Jury for Generation Kplus at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The film has also garnered the Best Film Award in the main category-Children's Feature Film Competition-Cinema in Sneakers (film festival), and the Best Film Award - at the Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM). The film has garnered the National Film Award for Best Children's Film for 2016. more…

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