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Rudaali (1992)

  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time128 mins
  • Length3514.23 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-17442-MUM
  • Certificate Date01/09/1992

Rudaali is the name given to a female professional mourner at a funeral ceremony. The custom continues to prevail especially in the northern states of India like Rajasthan with its great desert stretches and a traditional lifestyle.

The story of Rudaali is the story of Sanichari, a woman of grit. Although buffeted by the odds-arising out of a strongly patriarchal, male dominated order-she retains her interpose, Her HUsband is a wastrel; and there seems to be little hope of a better life for her little son. Sanichari has seen abject miser