Purantapalli, a small town, which had seen better days when the feudal landlords used the town as a watering place, the bordello int he center of the town being one of the main attractions or the only attraction for them. While the madam of the 'establishment' on preserving the image of her house as a high class one, the girls seem bent on proving it otherwise. With feudalism giving way to the arrival of the rather hypocritical middle class, the bordello becomes the target. A smooth real estate developer, some self appinted, keepers of the morals and sundry others succeed in outsting the girls from their home, but with unintentional results. Wherever the bordello goes fame follows, forcing the smooth operating real estate developer to come to terms with the madame of the house. A captivating, film from Shyam Bengal, with some touching and sometimes funny moments.
Pooja (Shabana Azmi) who grew up as an orphan girl and always dreamt of owning a house becomes insecure when she finds out that she and her husband Inder (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) have to leave the apartment they rent. The twist that occured when Inder gives her the keys of a new house proves to be double edged when it is revealed that he is in love with another woman Kavita (Smita Patil ) with whom he earned the money (in the film industry) for the new apartment. while previously giving advice to her maid (Rohini Hattangadi) cheated by her husband now Pooja becomes herself involved in a similar situation. When Inder deserts Pooja for Kavita she chooses to leave the apartment for a women's hostel only with 2000 rupees that she had when she got married. She is helped by Raj (Raj Kiran) to suprass the difficulties of a life as a single person to find a job and to rely morally on herself. Raj and Pooja become good friends. As some time passes the mental instability of Kavita deepens her fears of insecurity even after Inder requests Pooja to sign the divorce papers. Raj falls in love Pooja and proposes to her. She refuses saying she is empty and cannot give him anything. Raj tries to persuade her saying that she cannot spend the rest of her life feeling miserable about the past and that she should try to find a new life for herself. Pooja promises to think about it. Pooja's maid whose only aim in life is to secure a good education for her daughter has saved Rs 1000 towards her admission fees. She finds out that her drunk husband has stolen the money. Furious she searches for him to find him in the arms of his lover afte spending all the money. She kills him and goes to the police station and confesses her crime. Worried about her daughter she calls Pooja who promises to take care of the daughter. After the insistence of Kavita's mother (Dina Pathak) and of her personal doctor (Om Shivpuri) Pooja personally assures Kavita that she is not interested anymore in Inder. However the attitude of Pooja only convices Kavita that she did a bad thing brekaing a marriage and thus to escape from her feeling of guilt and insecurity. she breaks the relation with Inder. The latter tries to revive the relation with Pooja but he is rejected Pooja continues to live with her maid's daughter and refuses to marry Raj saying that she has found a new meaning to life in being independent and being a mother to the child and marrying Raj will only make her weak.
Kondura is the story of a young brahmin Parasuram torn between the horns of a dilemma- his free will and the belief in the predestined nature of existence, Parasuram's elder brother who supports the family is incensed by Parasuram's inability to do anything useful. Parasuram runs away from home to make his fortune in the city.
In a conventional Indian melodrama that underscores political ills such as corruption and social problems such as runaway popular beliefs, director Uptlendu Chakraborty wraps a larger picture around the long-suffering parents of a supposed "child-god" A woman named Sita gives birth to a three-headed baby, and her peasant husband immediately adopts the child out to the first taker. He later finds out that the "taker' is getting rich off the baby because he is touting him as the incarnation of God. So the peasant comes home and after physically abusing his wife, he demands that she produce another such progeny so they can get rich too. The misery of their lives is told in flashbacks, and after a while, it becomes apparent, why the father reacted so severely.