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Doooriyan (1979)

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"Doooriyan" explores the mercurial man-woman relationship against the background of changing norms of our society.

Kailash is an eminent advertising agency executive and his working wife Ratna a renowned theatre actress.

Soon, the pull of the stage gets stronger which results in the neglect of the baby, the home and the husband which generates tensions and violent outbursts culminating in a physical separation, with Kailash leaving the house and baby behind.

Ratna ultimately has to surrender the Agency's flat and moves into another flat belonging to the theatre's producer.

Kailash by sheer chance discovers Ratna's new flat. He now visits his daughter every day while Ratna is away, and even takes the child out for ice-cream and joy rides. During one of these surreptitious visits, Kailash is just in time to rescue his daughter who had swallowed a marble and would have died of choking, but for Kailash's timely medical help.
Ratna, though obliged to Kailash, still continues with her obsession for the theatre.

On the day of premiere of forthcoming play, Ratna implores Kailash to stay home with the baby. Kailash pretends not to have heard Ratna.

On rushing home after the premiere, Ratna is stunned to find her daughter missing. A letter left by Kailash says: ... "I won't let the child get sacrificed at the altar of your ambitions....."

Realism dawns on the shattered Ratna. Remorse - stricken, she steps out of the house in search of her daughter......

(From the official press booklet)