By Divya Solgama(08 Apr 2008)
Rudaali starring Dimple Kapadia (Shanichari), Raj Babbar (Laxman Singh), Rakhee (Phikri) and Amjad Khan. Shanichari lives in Rajasthan. She is married & has one son named Budwa. Amjaad Khan is the big Thakur, not keeping well and thinks he will die, that is why he calls a doctor & rudaali. Phikari comes as rudaali. She stays with Shanichari. Laxman Singh is Amjad Khan's young brother & Shanichari's husband, who works in Thakur's house. Shanichari tells her story to Phikari. She tells her that when she was born her father dies, her mom left her & ran away with other guy. There was no rain in Rajasthan, but one night there is rainfall, she is overjoyed and dances & sings. Suddenly she sees that her mother-in-law died. Her mother-in-law's last wish was to see her son. So she goes to search for him but she could not find him. She burns her body. After some days while coming to house, she meets Laxman Singh on a camel. He tells her that he is thirsty & wants some water to drink. She looks up to see him & Laxman Singh catches her eyes. While talking with her, Laxman Singh comes to know that her husband works in his house. Next day he calls her husband & tells him to send his wife for work. Next day Shanichari goes for work. She meets Moti Bai, an old governess. She helps Shanichari in every work. Days pass & Laxman Sing proposes to Shanichari, and tells her to leave her family. Shanichari tells him that she is not ready & refuses. Shanichari, her husband & her child go to a fair where her husband drink the holy milk & gets food poison. Many people get food poison & died. Even he died. Shanichari become a widow. Years passes and Budwa grows big but does not stay with his mom. He comes occasionally like his father to see her. One day he gets married & brings prostitute to his house and she gets pregnant. Shanichari gets angry. People started talking about her. They all started arguing & in argument, Shanichari started cursing her. She leaves the house & aborts the child. Next morning even Budwa leaves her & goes away. Hearing her story Bhikari cries. She tells her to become Rudali. That night one man named Purshottam comes & calls Phikari. She informs Shanichari that she is going & will come after 2 days. Shanichari goes to meet Laxman Singh, they both sit & talk after sometime Purshottam comes & tells her that Phikari died & before dying she told him that she is not Phikari, she is your mom & on other side Thakur comes to know that his brother also died. Shanichari gets shocked & starts crying. She becomes Rudali.