In rural Rajasthan, women are disappearing but nobody seems to be alarmed. It is not uncommon here for women to elope with their partners when they cannot afford the traditional dowry. However, young policewoman Anjali Bhaati notices a similarity in the cases: long nightly phone calls, a boyfriend whom no one in the neighbourhood has ever seen, and no sign of life after the disappearance. With her motorbike and sunglasses, Anjali might wear the insignia of traditional macho cops but power and coolness are of no concern to her, rather truth and justice. As a member of a lower caste, obstacles only make her all the more determined: “I’ve had many doors shut in my face. But no one has managed to shut me up.”
In the captivating and subtly humorous Dahaad, Reema Kagti (creator, director) and Zoya Akhtar (creator), who both presented Gully Boy in Berlinale Special in 2019, and Ruchika Oberoi (director) tell the story of a society riven by caste and religion, and a legal system undermined by Hindu nationalism and a patriarchy in which marriage is the only accepted goal in life for women.
by Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar, Ruchika Oberoi
with Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah, Sohum Shah
India 2023 Hindi 110’ Colour World premiere


  • Sonakshi Sinha (Anjali Bhaati)
  • Vijay Varma (Anand Swarnakar)
  • Gulshan Devaiah (Devilal Singh)
  • Sohum Shah (Kailash Parghi)


Creators Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar
Showrunner Reema Kagti
Directors Reema Kagti, Ruchika Oberoi
Screenplay Reema Kagti, Ritesh Shah, Zoya Akhtar
Cinematography Tanay Satam
Editing Anand Subaya
Music Gaurav Raina, Tarana Marwah
Sound Design Niraj Gera
Sound Vineet Vashisth
Production Design Shailaja Sharma
Costumes Smriti Chauhan
Make-Up Khyati Malhotra
Executive Producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Farhan Akhtar
Producers Kassim Jagmagia, Angad Dev Singh, Sunitha Ram

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