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Rudaali is a 1993 Indian Hindi-language film directed by . The story is based on the short story “Rudaali” by Mahasweta Devi. The film follows Shanichari (played by ), a low-caste woman who becomes a professional mourner, known as a rudaali, after her husband and child die. She is hired to mourn at the funeral of a wealthy man (played by ), but her emotions become entangled with those of his widowed daughter-in-law (played by ).


Rudaali received critical acclaim for its powerful performances and poignant story. 's portrayal of Shanichari was particularly praised, as she effectively conveyed the character's grief and struggles. The film is also noted for its realistic depiction of rural life in India, as well as its themes of caste and gender inequality.


Rudaali received several awards and nominations, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Best Actress for , and Best Art Direction. It also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Actress, as well as the Silver Lotus Award for Best Film at the National Film Awards.


Rudaali gained a cult following among Indian cinema enthusiasts, and it is regarded as a classic of parallel cinema. The film's themes of social injustice and female empowerment continue to resonate with audiences today. Rudaali's legacy also includes the memorable soundtrack by Bhupen Hazarika, which features haunting melodies and evocative lyrics.

Directed by
Produced by Ravi Gupta
Ravi Malik
Written by Mahasweta Devi (story)
Starring ,
Music by Bhupen Hazarika
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
Dharam Gulati
Release date 18 June 1993
Running time 128 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

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