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Umrao Jaan (1981)

In Faizabad, British India, Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's Daroga dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by ... See full summary »

Director:

Muzaffar Ali

Writers:

Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa (novel) (as Mirza Hadi Ruswa), Shama Zaidi (screenplay and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rekha ... Amiran
Farooq Shaikh ... Nawab Sultan (as Farouque Shaikh)
Naseeruddin Shah ... Gohar Mirza
Raj Babbar ... Faiz Ali
Shaukat Azmi Shaukat Azmi ... Khanum Jaan (as Shaukat Kaifi)
Ishtiaque Khan Ghilzai Ishtiaque Khan Ghilzai ... (as Khan Ghilzai)
Prema Narayan ... Bismillah
Akbar Rashid Akbar Rashid
Gajanan Jagirdar ... Maulvi
Dina Pathak ... Husseini
Rita Rani Kaul Rita Rani Kaul ... Ramdei
Shaheen Sultan Shaheen Sultan
Umme Farwa Umme Farwa ... Young Amiran
Seema Sathyu Seema Sathyu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farrukh Jaffar Farrukh Jaffar ... Played Umrao Jaan's biological mother
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Storyline

In Faizabad, British India, Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's Daroga dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by abducting Amiran and selling to a brothel madam. It is here Amiran will be re-named Umrao Jaan. Years later, Umrao has grown up and is an accomplished poetess as well as dancer extraordinary. She has many patrons, chief amongst them are Nawab Sultan and his father. The young Nawab is smitten by Umrao's beauty and her poems, but is finally forced to marry a girl of his mother's choice, leaving behind a heart-broken and devastated Umrao, who seeks solace in the arms of Faiz Ali and finally elopes with him, only to find out that he is a wanted bandit, and is shot down and killed by guards. Umrao re-locates to Kanpur where she establishes herself as a Poet and dancer, but is hunted down by brothel-keepers, Gohar Mirza and Husseini and brought back, where she is told that she must marry Gohar. Watch what ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Urdu

Release Date:

21 June 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Umrao Jaan, a kurtizán See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In 1978 Khayyam met Talat Aziz at a private Mehfil and promised him to give a break.Which happened with this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chameli (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Yeh kya jagah hai doston
Lyrics by Shahryar
Music by Khayyam
Sung by Asha Bhosle
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Takes you back to the lavish era of Lucknow!
26 December 2018 | by ankurkrazyySee all my reviews

First of all let me start with a famous old quote "Love blossoms in Lucknow"!

As the above quote says love really did blossomed in Lucknow in the Tawaif era, which is very clearly highlighted in this movie. The entire culture, the entire set up and everything from the cosmetics to the acting easily glues you to the screen.

Now coming to the direction, Ali does a fabulous work here and brings the urdu old feeling brilliantly out here.

Performances wise Rekha is brilliant. No words to express her role in here. She is a wonder to see. Her chemistry with every single lead be it Raj Babbar or Farooq Sheikh is a pleasure to watch.

Supporting her is a wide range of actors like Prema Narayan, Dina Pathak and Yunuz Parvez.

Overall a brilliant experience of old Lucknow.


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