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In Custody (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1994 (UK)
An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He ... See full summary »

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Nur
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Imtiaz Begum
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Deven
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Safiya Begum
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Sarla
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Murad
Prayag Raj ...
Jain
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Siddiqui (as Ajay Sahni)
Sagar Arya ...
Chiku
Alakh Nandan ...
Trivedi
Yusuf Khurram ...
Young Poet
Riju Bajaj ...
Young Poet
Maza Bi ...
Safiya's Attendant
Nayeem Hafizka ...
Young Poet
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An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He finds him living with feuding wives, visited by sycophants who drink his whisky and eat his food. Deven wants to record Nur for posterity and seeks funds to buy an aged tape recorder, to bribe Safiya, the elder wife, to get Nur into a room at a brothel for a week for the recording, and to feed Nur's pals who show up. Nur's beautiful second wife, Imtiaz, wants to be taken seriously as a poetess. Dever dismisses her and ignores his own wife and child much as Nur does. In the end, what is preserved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »
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3 June 1994 (UK)  »

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$92,612 (USA)
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Shabana Azmi, who plays Imtiaz Begum, who aspires to be a poetess in her own right in the movie is related to many poets, namely, father Kaifi Azmi, husband Javed Akhtar and father in law Janisaar Akhtar. See more »

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5 August 2005 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Another recent DVD through the Merchant & Ivory Collection. A fair movie at best with some notable talent from a fine actor, Om Puri. The comedy picks up towards the end of the movie which is a god send since the rest of the movie is pure farce. Sadly, age has not been kind to Shashi Kapoor or Shabana Azmi and their roles are two dimensional and uninspiring. India yet again steals the show with the beauty of its architecture, glorious sunsets, and colorful people. The direction works well, and the camera seems to capture the mood eloquently. The poetry in Urdu is glorious to listen to even of delivered by Shashi Kapoor. Maybe good for a rainy day when you wish to be alone with a beer.


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