The director Raj Kumar Santhoshi is back with yet another women-oriented
social subject after Damini. Lajja focuses on the plight of four women
who have been exploited in life.
The story enfolds from the various encounters one of them - Vaidehi
has in life and her realisation that women are exploited everywhere. Vaidehi
(Manisha Koirala ) is married to an influential man Raghu (Jackie shroff)
in New York who only needs her for an heir . Sick of his infidelity and
abuses she runs away from her husband .. then her journey begins.
Her first encounter is with Maithili (Mahima Chaudhary) on her
wedding day. She sees the young bride Maithili's courage to rebel when
her father is humiliated by the grooms father for the dowry. But in the
end the wedding doesn't take place.
These events more or less makes the first half of the movie. Here
the director tries to commercialise with songs and melodrama and the purpose
of the subject goes off- track. But he makes up on the second half with
powerful portrayals by Madhuri and Rekha.