Anaarkali of Aarah (Anārakalī ŏph Ārā) is a 2017 Indian film written and directed by debutant Avinash Das. The movie has Swara Bhaskar playing the lead role of a small-town erotic folk dancer in Arrah in Bihar. The movie revolves around her confrontation with a vice chancellor played by Sanjay Mishra. The film released on 24 March 2017. Bhaskar was nominated for Best Actress (Critics) for her performance, at 63rd Filmfare Awards.
Anaarkali of Aarah is the story of Anaarkali (Swara Bhaskar), who makes a living by performing on double meaning/erotic songs in public functions. During one of her stage shows, Anaarkali comes across Dharmender Chauhan (Sanjay Mishra), the vice chancellor of a local university who tries to molest her. This leads to a conflict between the two where Dharmender holding a position of power has an upper hand but Anaarkali refuses to give in to the challenges thrown in her life and instead decides to fight back.
Swara Bhaskar as Anarkali
Sanjay Mishra as Vice Chancellor Dharmender Chauhan
Pankaj Tripathi as Rangeela
Ishtiyak Khan as Hiraman Tiwari
Vijay Kumar as Inspector Bulbul Pandey
Ipsita Chakraborty Singh as Chamki Rani
Man Mohan Joshi as Faiyaz Bhai (Anarkali’s Chaachaa)
Abhishek Sharma as Sukhilal Sipahi
Vishwas Bhanu as Dukhilal Sipahi
Mayur More as Anwar
Nitin Arora as Studio Owner