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Saaz

Saaz is a 1998 Hindi movie produced and directed by Sai Paranjpye, starring Aruna Irani and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. The plot is allegedly based on the life of legendary singing sisters of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. In an interview after the release of the film Asha said, "Its not true at all. To have two women in long plaits, take a couple of incidents and exaggerate them into a 3-hour film is such a waste of time." However, Paranjpye stated in an Interview that the idea of the film came from actress Shabana Azmi who asked her to make a film on a playback singer. She also said that the story of two sisters in the film brought to life is based on the emotions experienced by herself as a writer.

Plot

Mansi and Bansi, are the two daughters of a renowned singer, Vrindavan (Raghuvir Yadav) who works as a theater artist. Like their father, both are also gifted with amazing singing talent. Their father is an alcoholic and drinks too much. Due to his drinking habits, he dies one day leaving the two sisters orphaned. Mansi (Aruna Irani) the elder of the two, takes Bansi (Shabana Azmi) to Mumbai and takes up professional singing. Soon Mansi reaches new heights of success and becomes a renowned singer. Meanwhile, Bansi is allowed to take care of home and family but soon realizes that she is also blessed with musical talent and can sing very well. Bansi expresses her desire to sing with Mansi but Mansi, out of jealousy fixes Bansi's wedding to an ill-suited man. Bansi's life becomes hell as her husband keeps torturing her physically and mentally. Mansi take up this issue and tries to sort things between the couple but it doesn't work out. Things remain the same even after Bansi's pregnancy. Mansi realizes that Kuhu (Bansi's daughter) is not safe in that house and gets the couple divorced. Mansi is shown to be in a relationship with a music director Indruneil. Indruneil is already married and has kids, but is still close to Mansi. However, things change when he spots Bansi's talent and the spark in her voice. He asks her to sing with Mansi which Bansi happily obliges, however, Mansi who seems jealous of Bansi's talent reduces her to a background singer in the main recording of the song. Bansi realizes that her sister does not want her to grow as a singer. She vows to become successful on her own without any help or support from her sister.