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15 October 1999 (UK) See more »
Circa 1971, Gustad Noble lives in a one bedroom hall rented apartment in Byculla, Bombay. He travels... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Roshan Seth ... Gustad Noble
Soni Razdan ... Dilnavaz Noble

Om Puri ... Ghulam Mohamed

Naseeruddin Shah ... Major Jimmy Bilimoria
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Pavement Artist
Sam Dastor ... Dinshawji

Kurush Deboo ... Tehmul
Pearl Padamsee ... Mrs. Kutpitia
Vrajesh Hirjee ... Sohrab Noble
Shazneed Damania ... Roshan Noble
Kurush Dastur ... Darius Noble
Noshirwan Jehangir ... Inspector Bamji
Dinyar Contractor ... Rabadi
Souad Faress ... Mrs. Rabadi
Shivani Jha ... Jasmine Rabadi
Mehler Jehangir
Aileen Gonsalves ... Lewie Coutinho
Sohrab Ardeshir ... Madan - Bank Manager
Rashid Karapiet
Chatru L. Gurnani
Madhav Sharma
Pratima Kazmi ... Prostitute "Hydraulic" Hema
Sunny Bharti ... Prostitute
Antony Zaki

Irrfan Khan ... Gustad's dad
Anahita Oberoi ... Gustad's mom
Rajesh Tandon
Meral Durlabhji
Meet Nandu
Aloo Heerjibehedin
Anupam Shyam ... Milkman
Anirudh Agarwal
Nina Wadia
Shaukat Baig ... Waiter
Viju Khote ... Taxi-driver
Lovleen Bains
Nizwar Karanj
Zul Vellani
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal
Rakesh Shrivastav
Arun Kannan
Noshir B. Andhyarujina
Renu Setna ... Dr. Paymaster

Directed by
Sturla Gunnarsson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rohinton Mistry  novel
Sooni Taraporevala  writer

Produced by
Suresh Jindal .... co-producer
Firdaus Kharas .... supervising producer: India
Simon MacCorkindale .... producer
Don McLean .... line producer
Victor Solnicki .... executive producer
Paul Stephens .... producer
Stephen J. Turnbull .... line producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser 
Film Editing by
Jeff Warren 
Production Design by
Nitin Chandrakant Desai  (as Nitin Desai)
Art Direction by
David Sores 
Set Decoration by
Suzanne Caplan Merwanji 
Production Management
Mike Higgins .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Fowler .... second assistant director
Wendy Ord .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Eric Apps .... adr mixer
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer
Henry Embry .... sound
Paul Germann .... assistant sound editor
Henry Godding Jr. .... voice recordist: French version
Kirk Lynds .... re-recording assistant
Mark McNeilly .... boom operator
Donna Powell .... foley artist
Ian Rankin .... foley mixer
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Phong Tran .... sound editor
Clive Turner .... sound effects editor
Randy Wilson .... control room operator
Visual Effects by
Jamie Hallett .... optical cameraman
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Brock .... gaffer
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
Faroukh Mistry .... director of photography: second unit
Nick Ray .... key grip
Glen Treilhard .... focus puller
Editorial Department
Doug Caron .... first assistant editor
Karl DiPelino .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Jonathan Goldsmith .... conductor
Jonathan Goldsmith .... orchestrator
Ed Hanley .... musician
George Koller .... musician
Ernie Tollar .... musician
Other crew
Geneviève Appleton .... development assistant
Brett Burlock .... entertainment lawyer
James Milligan .... production accountant
Vivianne Royal .... script supervisor

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113 min
Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Iceland:12 | UK:15
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Did You Know?

More than 10 years after its publication, the novel by Rohinton Mistry, on which this film is based, was controversially removed from the syllabus of a university in India. In an ironic twist, the book ban followed a violent protest by a fringe political party which objected to sections of the book calling it a fringe political party that uses violent protests to stay relevant.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Gustad enters the Bank Manager's office to take the call about his daughter, as he opens the glass door, a crew member in a white t-shirt is reflected.See more »
Dwana karke chhodogeSee more »


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A thought-provoking film, reinforcing the strength of family ties, 30 May 2000
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

It is wonderful to watch Roshan Seth (the strict father in 1992 "Mississippi Masala"), who once again takes on the role of a father and head of the family, and more, in SUCH A LONG JOURNEY, set in 1971 Bombay, India. Besides the closely knit family settings, subject matters include the lost and found of a friendship; the unexpected death of a friend (somehow the calm smiling face of a friend in death in the presence of prayers felt peaceful - so Gustad Noble, Roshan's character, similarly noted); a sidewalk artist's chain of events - "the wall as a latrine turned into a shrine…shrine into rumbles and ashes" was at once prophetic and philosophical. It's packed full of life lessons in different aspects of varying relationships: between father and son; mother and son; father and little daughter; little daughter and father and mother; longtime colleagues; long lost dear friends; even that of a man to man, one whose an innocent slow-witted "fool".

In spite of the tone of the film's era, it's a colorful film rich in substance, and the strength of the story in textural layers with humor and suspense. For a director who is not Indian (Sturla Gunnarsson being Icelandic), he's made a political Indian/Pakistani film. He gets into the bone marrow of the life of this Parsi portrayed by Roshan Seth, whose performance has such nuances, subtlety, and joy. (There is singing, too.) The rest of the cast is equally strong: from Om Puri the mysterious friend of a friend; Soni Razdan the enduring wife; Vrajesh Hirjee the argumentative eldest son; Sam Dastor the longtime office mate; Ranjit Chowdhry the pavement artist; to a superstitious "witch" woman of a neighbor; an unbeguiling "fool" of a man; and a long lost bosom friend - it's a world of many faces and perspectives. Director Gunnarsson has demonstrated sensitivity in the treatment of that time period and subject was well researched with attention to details. He has the good fortune to have Sooni Taraporevala (1992 "Mississippi Masala", 1988 "Salaam Bombay!") wrote the script. This is truly a worthwhile journey of a film to partake.

Along the lines of cultural exploration (road movie style), Fridrik Thor Fridriksson 1994 "Cold Fever" is an Icelandic sojourn about a Japanese young man who went across the globe in search of the specific spot to pay his last respects to his parents, dutifully following memorial rituals for the dead. Such demonstrated reverence and cross-cultural attention to family ties are heart-warming in this day and cyber age.

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