Shabana Azmi plays Rukmini, the madam of a bordello. The most talented among Rukmini’s girls is Zeenat (Smita Patil), the illegitimate daughter of a famous singer, and Rukmini is determined to turn her into a great concert performer.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
A non-creepy film about brothel life feels like a rarity, let alone one as complex, funny, raw, sprawling, and visually stunning as Mandi. I don't know why it took me so long to start watching Shyam Benegal films, considering he seems to consistently cast tons of my favourite character actors - Mandi being no exception here. So good!