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In Custody (1994)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  3 June 1994 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Nur
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Imtiaz Begum
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Deven
Sushma Seth ...
Safiya Begum
Neena Gupta ...
Sarla
Tinnu Anand ...
Murad
Prayag Raj ...
Jain
Parikshat Sahni ...
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
Veerendra Saxena ...
Young Poet
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Storyline

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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poet | second wife | poetry | drink | bhopal | See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

Also Known As:

Hifazaat  »

Box Office

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$92,612 (USA)
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All the poetry used in this movie is written by a Pakistani poet named Faiz Ahmed Faiz, who died ten years before this movie was released. See more »

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A great movie for Ismail Merchant fans
30 September 2000 | by (Miami, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie showcases the decline of a language and its effect on a people, i.e. the Muslims of India. A great movie with many comical elements, but an all pervasive sense of loss and decline permeates every scene of the movie as an idealist teacher searches for a lost litrery treasure.


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