Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.



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Credited cast:
Jalal Agha ...
Kader Khan
Ruth Labadoor
Firdaus (Javed's wife)
Ismat Chughtai ...
Maternal Grandmother of Ruth Labadoor
Benjamin Gilani ...
Rashid Khan
Kunal Kapoor
Sanjana Kapoor
Javed Khan
Geoffrey Kendal
Mrs. Mariam Labadoor (Ruth's mom)
Lalal Ramjimal
Rashid's wife
Pearl Padamsee ...
Bitter woman


The movie chronicles the period of 1857 to 1858 when the soldiers of the East India Company mutinied and many smaller kingdoms joined the soldiers in the hope of regaining their territories from the English. The movie is shown from the perspective of one of the leaders of the fight (Shashi Kapoor). Written by Neel V Kumar <>

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30 March 1979 (India)  »

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A Flight of Pigeons  »

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Govind Nihalani was the cinematographer in Junoon, later he became director and made films like Aakrosh, Ardh Satya, Vijeyta, Takshaat, Dev, etc. See more »

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Junoon is a beautiful, sad and compelling film.
20 January 2012 | by (Mumbai) – See all my reviews

Adapted from Ruskin Bond's novel, Flight of the Pigeons, is a story about a Pathan,Javed Khan (played by Shashi Kapoor),who is an imposing, proud man rendered feeble by his obsession. The movie is set in the 1857 mutiny where amidst all the bloodshed and atrocities, the only thing Javed Khan can think of is Ruth Labadoor, played by Nafisa Ali(although he is married to Firdaus,played by Shabana Azmi). It shows the tussle between Javed's obsession and pride. On one hand he wants Ruth but on another his nobility doesn't allows him to use force. Ruth's mother Miriam is unrelenting, eventually; the two strike a peculiar, yet greatly symbolic bargain "Dilli apki toh Ruth bhi aapki". Director Shyam Benegal, assisted by ace co-writers (dialogue by Satyadev Dubey and Ismat Chugtai), created overwhelmingly powerful film.Junoon is a beautiful, sad and compelling film.

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