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Mirch Masala (1987)

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128 min | Drama, Thriller

In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose husband is away in the city, to sleep with him. She ...See moreIn colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose husband is away in the city, to sleep with him. She slaps him and flees for safety to a spice factory where women grind chillies into fine powder. The aged factory guard, Abu Mian, locks the door behind her, refusing to open it to the soldiers, to the cowardly village men led by the mayor, and to the subedar himself. The town's teacher, who follows Gandhi, and a few women, led by the mayor's wife, protest ineffectually against this village-approved rape. The stage is set for a final confrontation. Written by See less
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Updated Apr 27, 1987

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Sep 6, 1989 (United States)

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16 cast members
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Smita Patil
Sonbai Sonbai   See fewer
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Naseeruddin Shah
Subedar Subedar   See fewer
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Om Puri
Chowkidar Abu Miya Chowkidar Abu Miya   See fewer
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Ratna Pathak Shah
Pepper Factory Worker (as Ratna Pathak) Pepper Factory Worker (as Ratna Pathak)   See fewer
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Supriya Pathak
Pepper factory worker Pepper factory worker   See fewer
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Suresh Oberoi
Mukhiya Mukhiya   See fewer
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Nina Kulkarni
Pepper factory worker Pepper factory worker   See fewer
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Ram Gopal Bajaj
Owner of the Pepper factory Owner of the Pepper factory   See fewer
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Benjamin Gilani
Masterji Masterji   See fewer
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Mohan Gokhale
Villager Villager   See fewer
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Deepti Naval
Saraswati, Mukhiya's wife Saraswati, Mukhiya's wife   See fewer
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Harish Patel
Pandit Pandit   See fewer
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Dina Pathak
Maanki, factory worker Maanki, factory worker   See fewer
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Paresh Rawal
Villager Villager   See fewer
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Raj Babbar
Sonabai's Husband (uncredited) Sonabai's Husband (uncredited)   See fewer
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Amole Gupte
Villager (uncredited) Villager (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.8 / 10 | 975 votes