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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22 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Part of an early 1980s cycle of British productions set in India. These included Gandhi (1982), Heat and Dust (1983), The Far Pavilions (1984), A Passage to India (1984), Octopussy (1983) and The Jewel in the Crown (1984). See more »

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Great romantic miniseries
13 October 2004 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this one on television shortly after it was made, in the 80s, and I was happily surprised when it appeared on DVD. Like the book, the series doesn't have any deeply intellectual hidden layers (as far as I know), but it's a quality product in its kind and a great romantic story with some action too. The English are played by top English actors and the Subcontintent people by Indians or people who could more or less pass of for them, which is a nice change if you're used to seeing ancient Greeks or early Christians played by surf dudes. The odd one out seems to be blue-eyed Amy Irving as the Indian Princess Anjuli, but if you pay attention, you'll know she's supposed to be half-Russian in the series and she looks splendid in a saree anyway. Looking at British costume-dramas I often get the feeling that they enjoy making them even if it's only for the fun of walking up and down a muddy street in a silly 19th-century costume, and this movie has some of the same gusto. Throw in the breathtaking Rajastan scenery and you have a feast for the eyes.

The Far Pavillions is not a series cut down in size to get a movie, but a miniseries, period. Like India itself, it takes its time. Don't expect to sit through it in one evening but relax, settle down with a chai or a whisky and who knows, you might find yourself watching the end credits at 3 AM anyway.


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