Tahmina (film)

Tahmina (Azerbaijani: Təhminə) is a 1993 Azerbaijani romantic drama.[2] The screenplay was written by Anar Rzayev based on his novel Beşmərtəbəli Evin Altıncı Mərtəbəsi ("The Sixth Floor of a Five-Storey Building", 1974–78). Directed by Rasim Ojagov, this film depicts the love affair between Zaur, a man from an affluent family, and Tahmina, a divorced woman doing her best to survive in a conservative society.[3] The film is considered to be one of the best Azerbaijani movies produced in the 1990s. Funding for the film was provided by a Turkish businessman.[4]

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Cover of the Video CD release
Directed byRasim Ojagov
Written byAnar Rzayev
Based onBeşmərtəbəli Evin Altıncı Mərtəbəsi
by Anar Rzayev
Produced byRasul Guliyev
StarringFakhraddin Manafov
Meral Konrat
Hasanagha Turabov
CinematographyKenan Aziz
Edited byGulshan Salimova
Music byRafig Babayev
Tammetrajli Badii Film
Distributed byOjag Film Studio
Release date
Running time
106 minutes[1]
LanguagesAzeri, Turkish, Russian


The romantic relationship of the main characters Zaur and Tahmina starts off with a passionate affair and leads to many problems in a conservative society. Zaur (Fakhraddin Manafov), the 26-year-old son of a prominent and well-to-do professor (Hasan Mammadov), falls in love with Tahmina (Meral Konrat), a divorced TV anchor. Tahmina is admired by many of her colleagues and friends of Zaur's family. This attention to Tahmina from others causes Zaur to experience periodic jealousy.

In due time, Tahmina is sent to Moscow for a professional assignment. Zaur is so much in love with Tahmina that he follows her to Moscow.

Zaur's family condemns this romantic relationship and tries to divert Zaur into an arranged marriage with Firangiz (Laura Rzayeva), the 19-year-old daughter of a family friend. Social pressure and continuous calls from Zaur's mother (Zarnigar Aghakishiyeva) to Tahmina eventually cause problems in their relationship, leading them to break up.

Zaur, listening to his parents' advice, marries Firangiz. Tahmina, on the other hand, takes solitude in heavy drinking to ease her heart's pain. Due to this habit, Tahmina experiences problems with her liver and eventually dies of cirrhosis during Zaur and Firangiz's honeymoon in Istanbul.

When the couple returns from the honeymoon, Zaur's brother-in-law breaks the news to him. Although Zaur is devastated, the final scene of the movie shows him taking out his wife's grocery list and driving to the market, implying that life goes on.


The movie was shot in Baku, Moscow and Istanbul in 1993.



In 1993 the Baku 2nd Film Festival awarded Rasim Ojagov with Best Director award and Zarnigar Aghakishiyeva with Best Actress award.


In Azeri Women in Transition: Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan, the anthropologist Farideh Heyat discussed Tahmina, saying that "The story reflects many of the tensions and contradictions that faced the young in the professional middle-class society of Baku in the post-Soviet period," and noted how it portrayed the influence that mothers wielded over their adult children in Azeri society.[6]

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  1. ^ "Azerbaijan Film Commission". Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  2. ^ Rollberg, Peter (July 20, 2016). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442268425 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Drama movies. Tahmina". Retrieved 19 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Sariyeva, Irada. "Fəxrəddin Manafov Amalya Pənahova ilə "Təhminə məhəbbəti" yaşamaq arzusundadır". Baki Xabar. Baku. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Min. of Tourism and Culture. Tahmina". Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  6. ^ Nfa, Dr Farideh Heyat (March 5, 2014). Azeri Women in Transition: Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan. Routledge. ISBN 9781136871771 – via Google Books.

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