Mirch Masala (1987)
(Released: Feb 13, 1987)
Circa British rule in India, a subedar, along with a regiment of soldiers, is sent to collect taxes due from a small town. When the lusty Subedar (Naseeruddin Shah) feasts his eyes on a young married woman named Sonbai (Smita Patil), he wants to have his way with her, but she humiliates him, runs and takes shelter in the enclosed compound of a pepper factory, chased by soldiers. The elderly, but brave, Chowkidar Abu (Om Puri), closes the reinforced door to the factory, and refuses to let the soldiers in. This angers the Subedar, and he asks the town Mukhiya (Suresh Oberoi), to get Sonbai to him, or else he will destroy his town. The terrified Mukhiya and the rest of the townspeople decide to turn over Sonbai to the Subedar, so that he can leave them in one piece, on the condition that they do not molest any more women. The Subedhar is angered at this show of defiance, and refuses to agree to any conditions. The villagers and the Mukhiya must now decide whether to hand over Sonhai to him, or let him get her and destroy their village, and molest their wives, daughters, and sisters.