(Certified: Apr 14, 1986)
Social melodrma about the plight of chikan embroiderers in decaying Lucknow, The sensitive Anjuman (Shabana Azmi) does chikan work to augment her extended family's income. She is courted by a phoney poet, Banke Nawab (Khan), who has control over the chikan workers, but she falls in love with her welthy but weak neighbour Sajjid (Farooq Shaikh). Encouraged by her doctor friend Suchitra Sharma (Rohini Hattangadi), Anjuman demands fair treatment for the chikan workers but the pressure on her to marry the exploitative Banke grows. She finally says No during the wedding ceremony and has to face the wrath of Banke who incites a riot among the Muslims in the town. Anjuman then becomes a feminist labour activist and earns the admiration of her beloved Sajjid.