Story of forbidden love in 1800's India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.
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 Ash (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Anjuli (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Kaka-ji Rao (3 episodes, 1984)
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 The Commandant (3 episodes, 1984)
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 The Rana of Bhithor (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Biju Ram (3 episodes, 1984)
Sneh Gupta ...
 Shushila (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Koda Dad (3 episodes, 1984)
Shayur Mehta ...
 Prince Jhoti (3 episodes, 1984)
Parikshat Sahni ...
 Mulraj (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Wally (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Cavagnari (2 episodes, 1984)
Jennifer Kendal ...
 Mrs. Viccary (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Belinda Harlowe (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter Arne ...
 The General (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mrs. Chiverton (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Crimpley (2 episodes, 1984)
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 George Garforth (2 episodes, 1984)
John Forbes-Robertson ...
 Squadron Commander (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Kelly (2 episodes, 1984)
Rupert Frazer ...
 Wigram Battye (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Commissioner (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Gul Baz / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Porson (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Zarin (2 episodes, 1984)
Michael Malnick ...
 Podmore-Smythe (2 episodes, 1984)
Mary Peach ...
 Mrs. Harlowe (2 episodes, 1984)
Anthony Sharp ...
 Chiverton (2 episodes, 1984)
Jeremy Sinden ...
 Raikes (2 episodes, 1984)
James Snell ...
 Ponsonby (2 episodes, 1984)
Goga Kapoor ...
 Diwan (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Gobind Dass (2 episodes, 1984)
Ravi Behl ...
 Prince Nandu (2 episodes, 1984)
Master Ravi ...
 Prince Lalji (2 episodes, 1984)
Rama Vij ...
 Geeta (2 episodes, 1984)
Bharati Devi ...
 Unpora Bai (2 episodes, 1984)
Bhushan Tiwari ...
 Manilal (2 episodes, 1984)
Praveen Paul ...
 Promila Devi (2 episodes, 1984)
Jonie Sethi ...
 Sita (2 episodes, 1984)
Ajit Singh ...
 Awal Shah (2 episodes, 1984)
Tej Sapru ...
 Afzal (2 episodes, 1984)
Soltan Lalani ...
 Mr. Singh (2 episodes, 1984)
Jay Devi ...
 Dilasah Khan (2 episodes, 1984)
Ojah Maharaj ...
 Senior NCO (2 episodes, 1984)
Kamran ...
 Head Mullah (2 episodes, 1984)
Iqbal Jamal ...
 Tally Clerk (2 episodes, 1984)
Sudhir ...
 Jemadar Jewand Singh (2 episodes, 1984)
Gaul Hassan ...
 Daud Shah (2 episodes, 1984)
Colonel Kappor ...
 Head Tribesman (2 episodes, 1984)
Tony Jordan ...
 Ash aged 11 (2 episodes, 1984)
Dilip Singh ...
 Ash aged 4 (2 episodes, 1984)
Kristina Lesho ...
 Anjuli aged 5 (2 episodes, 1984)
Prerna ...
 Nautch Girl (2 episodes, 1984)
David de Keyser ...
 The Rana (2 episodes, 1984)
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HBO's first mini-series, set in 19th century British colonial India, involves war battles, love, treachery and intrigue as well as love and honor involving a romance between a British cavalry officer and an Indian princess who has been promised in an arranged marriage to a despotic ruler. Written by Anonymous

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The 'Gone With The Wind' of the north-west frontier of India.

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HBO's first mini-series. Also was the most expensive at the time, budgeted at $12 million. See more »

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MM Kaye's novel of India brought to the screen
19 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This miniseries came hot on the heels of 'The Jewel in the Crown', 'A Passage to India' and a fascination with all things Indian.

Ash (played by Ben Cross, best known for 'Chariots of Fire') and Wally (played by Benedict Taylor, who had featured in children's TV series 'Barriers') were the main players in this drama. Ash had been brought up to think of himself as Indian rather than officer class, and so falls in love with the sultry Anjuli (played by Amy Irving, at that time I think Mrs Steven Spielberg).

The other characters are stock faces from the glory days of the British Raj - while big name actors appear in the more adventurous parts (Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Rossano Brazzi). Look out for a young Rupert Everett (post-Another Country) in the cast as well.

Bits of the The Far Pavillions will stay in your mind. The futility of war. The ceremony of suttee (the burning of a living widow on her husband's funeral pyre). The forbidden love across castes and classes.

Recently revitalised as a big budget West End musical, The Far Pavillions is well worth your time. Brilliantly cast, scripted, and directed, it was a definite plus point of 1980s British TV.


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