Sanshodhan (English: The Amendment) is a 1996 Indian film on the theme of reservation of women’s seats in local self-government, produced by National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The film, directed by Govind Nihalani starred Manoj Bajpayee, Vanya Joshi and Ashutosh Rana among others.
The story is about the Latest Amendment announced by the govt. for reserving one third of the seats in every Village Panchayat (council) for females. It shows how the female leaders find difficulties in raising their voices in the world all of men. Its also about how the intermediaries take most of the money sent by the government and very little reaches the actual receiver.
At Parmino, the local village committee is all male. But suddenly comes the announcement that an amendment has been passed in the Indian constitution asking for the Committee to have women as one third of them. The village head, Ratan and members decide to let the women in their families contest on the reserved seats in the hope that they would continue to have their writ run. While Ratan Singh asks his son, Inder, to get Manju, his wife, to contest, the other members get their wives to contest. Also asked to contest is Vidya, the newly marred bride of a poor store owner, Bhanwar, who is indebted to the village head. But Vidya turns the tables on them, asking them to account for the funds for the partially built school.
Manoj Bajpayee… Bhanwar
Harish Khanna… Hariya
Vanya Joshi Vidya
Ashutosh Rana… Clerk
Lalit Parimoo… Inder Singh
Kavita Rayirath… Manju – Inder Singh’s Wife
Anupam Shyam… Ratan Singh
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