Directed by Girish Karnad, the film featured Rekha, Shashi Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Amjad Khan and others. The movie is an The film is an adaptation of Mṛcchakatika (The Little Clay Cart), a Sanskrit drama.
Legendary filmmaker filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s 1983 film Mandi, based on a short story by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas, highlights the hypocrisies of a corrupt patriarchal society that looks down upon prostitutes in the name of morality. The same men who visit a brothel to fulfill their physical needs in the darkness of the night speak of relocating it in broad daylight.
Srijit Mukherji’s 2015 Bengali film Rajkahini revolves around a brothel which the authorities want to relocate. The film is set in 1948 in the backdrop of the India’s Independence from the British rule.
The film’s greatest strength is how it offers an insightful take on the lives of the prostitutes without ever attempting to judge them. Rajkahini was later remade in Hindi as Begum Jaan, starring the renowned Indian actress Vidya Balan.
Chameli directed by Anant Balani and Sudhir Mishra, is a popular Hindi films on sex workers. Chameli is a sex worker which is played by Kareena Kapoor Khan and her character is a street-smart prostitute.
The film at first plays to the stereotypes associated with the role of a prostitute in society but ultimately succeeds in transcending them.
The film is based on a true-story of the first convicted case of child prostitution in Andhra Pradesh. More than 1 million children, girls, and boys, have been forced into prostitution in India. Writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi tells the story of how these children are trained by their pimps and madams and customers to be always ready, always obedient, and always lubricated.