Rukmavati Ki Haveli

Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991) (Hindi: रुक्मावती की हवेली; English: Rukmavati's Mansion) is an Indian feature film.

Rukmavati Ki Haveli
Directed byGovind Nihalani
Written byFederico García Lorca (play)
Govind Nihalani (screenplay)
StarringUttara Baokar, Ila Arun, Kitu Gidwani, Jyoti Subhash, Pallavi Joshi, Sohaila Kapur, Suneeta Sengupta.
Music byIla Arun
CinematographyGovind Nihalani

The film is directed by Govind Nihalani and is based on Federico Garcia Lorca's Spanish play The House of Bernarda Alba. The screenplay is written by Nihalani himself.[1]


Nihalani's screenplay transports Lorca's Spanish setting on to a Rajasthan village. Rukmavati, a domineering matriarch has five daughters Savitri, Damayanti, Chandra, Mumal and Padma, all unmarried. The domineering woman has inexorable control over her daughters placing them all in a repressive setting where they don't have any social life of their own outside their home. The frustrated and angry daughters respond in their individual ways to their mother's cruelty leading to a tragic ending.

Nahar Singh starts courting the eldest daughter Savitri but the youngest daughter Padma falls in love with him. He also responds to her. This makes Mumal jealous of her. One night as Padma goes out with Nahar, Mumal follows them leading to a confrontation. Rukmavati fires at Nahar. Padma commits suicide. Rukmavati, shaken but unbending still, has only to say, "My daughter died a virgin."[2]


Ajay Munjal and A.M. Padmanabhan won the 39th National Film Award for best audiography and Samir Chanda for best art direction for the film.

Cast of characters


  1. "Rukmavati Ki Haveli on IMDB". Internet Movies Data Base. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  2. "Rukmavati Ki Haveli-Plot". MuvYz. Retrieved 24 June 2015.

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