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Aaina (1993)

  • Release Date18/06/1993
  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time149 mins
  • Length4107.48 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-18247-MUM
  • Certificate Date31/05/1993
  • Shooting LocationMehboob Studios, Film City

AAINA is the story of two sisters who unknown to each other fall in love with the same man, Roma, the more confident and ambitious one captives Ravi and brings him home to meet the parents and have the match approved. Reema realizing that Ravi and Roma are involved quietly moves out of the competition and hiding her sadness joins in the festivities of her sister’s marriage. But Roma in her typical fashion of losing interest once she has got the man has set her sights on more than marriage and living the rest of her life as Mrs Ravi Saxena.

One published photograph of here gets a top photographer interest in her. He encourages her to have a photo session done against the wishes of her fiancée. Roma easily gets convinced that she has a glorious career ahead of her in fashion and films and ditches Ravi at the “mandap”. She leaves a note behind telling Ravi that she is confident that he will wait for her.

But the producer will not wait so she will come back as soon as the movie is over and get married to him. Reema and the rest of the family are stunned and look to Ravi for his reaction.

They are further shocked when Ravi controls his feelings and instantaneously decides to marry Reema instead. Rena seeing the man she loves in pain cannot refuse him and agrees to the marriage.

Reema and Ravi start their marriage under a cloud but slowly Ravi discovers that true worth of Reema, and she in turn blossoms under the attention of the man she loves and from a shy, timid and self-effacing young girl grows into a beautiful confident woman. But life is not all roses and wine and just as their marriage was to become a beautiful reality. Roma comes back into their lives. In her supremely selfish ways she forges the pain she caused Ravi and Reema and the family by running away on her wedding day. Instead she accuses Reema and Ravi of stabbing her in the back and walks out of Ravi’s house cursing the, with life long unhappiness for being unfaithful to her. Reema’s uncertainties surface again. All her life she has lived in the shadow of her sister and given in to her. The tenuous bond between Ravi and Reema has stretched thin again and they are back in their separate bedrooms with Roma’s almost palpable presence like a wall between them.

But Roma has no intentions of giving up just with curses. Her alienation from her family and attempted suicide and her relying on Reema’s selflessness and genuine love for her ensure that she lands in Reema’s and Ravi’s marital home as an invalid. The rest of the film tells of how she slowly becomes blatant in making a play for Ravi and Ravi slowly succumbs to her manipulation. Or does he? And does Reema finally learn to fight back? Does love unite Reema and Ravi or is Ravi or is Roma finally victorious? That is revealed only in the last reel of “AAINA”.

(From the official press booklet)



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