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7 Ratings

The Marketplace


Directed by Shyam Benegal
India, 1983


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.

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The Marketplace Directed by Shyam Benegal

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  • pepoire's rating of the film The Marketplace

    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!

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