This Madhur Bhandarkar movie is about the life of dancing girls at the beer bars in Bombay. The story follows the life of Mumtaz, a girl from UP(played by Tabu). Her parents get killed in a religious riot and comes to Bombay with her uncle to make a living. She is forced to start working as a dancing girl in a bar. The movie follows the ups and downs (mostly downs) of her life, her desperation to ensure that atleast her children avoid her fate and move up in life.
The story is told against the canvas of life in the bombay underworld. The corruption in the system is shown in a very matter-of-fact manner. It's depressing because you know it's real and a thousand similar stories are probably going on right now.
All the actors have played their parts very well. Tabu as Mumtaz and Atul Kulkarni as Potiya Sawant, a gangster stand out with their brilliant performances.
This is definitely not a feelgood movie, but certainly worth watching.