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Tehzeeb (2003)

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A singer and her two daughters have a tense reunion after years.



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Credited cast:
Rukhsana Jamal
Urmila Matondkar ...
Salim Mirza
Nazneen Jamal
Anwar Jamal
Namrata Shirodkar ...
Kamal Choksi
Rekha Rao ...
Palak Jain ...
Young Tehzeeb
Diana Hayden ...
Sheena Roy
Savita Malpekar
Pawan Chopra
Vishwas Sohoni
Sachin Shinde
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sanjeeva Vatsa


Rukhsana Jamal and Anwar had been married for several years, and have two daughters, Tehzeeb and Nazeen, from this marriage. Anwar goes through a period of mental instability and depression, which ends in his committing suicide by shooting himself dead. Years later Tehzeeb and Nazeen have both grown up. Tehzeeb has married Salim Mirza, while Nazneen is mentally unstable. Their fairly smooth lifestyle changes abruptly when Tehzeeb finds out that Salim is having an affair with Sheena Roy; and Nazneen comes across a loaded revolver. Written by rAjOo (

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Tehzeeb was to star Tabu in the lead role with Urmila in Dia Mirza's role. See more »


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References Autumn Sonata (1978) See more »


I Wanna Be Free
Written by BlaaZe
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Anupama and Mathangi
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good mother and daughter relationship
13 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Tehzeeb is the story of Rukhsana Jamal (Azmi), a singer drunk in the fame she has attained. She doesn't care for her husband (Rishi Kapoor) and two young daughters (Tehzeeb played by Matondkar and Nazneen essayed by Mirza). Her failed businessman husband suspects her of an illicit relationship (shown only through a flip-second image) and creates a scene, which ends in his death.

Their elder daughter Tehzeeb watches it and 'sees' her mother with a revolver. She grows up suspecting her mother of her father's murder. Nazneen grows into a child-woman whom Rukhsana puts in a hospital, to be rescued later by Tehzeeb and her husband Salim (Rampal).

Ruksana's colorful character builds up with such negative shades in the first half that you almost begin to wonder ? what kind of a mother is she? Feminists might feel that a career woman is being assassinated just because she is successful in her career.

However, that is not to be as you discover later. The mother visits Tehzeeb and then the tension between the two unfolds in bits and pieces, through caustic comments, stifled praises and formal acknowledgment of love, till Tehzeeb can't take it anymore and bursts. The burst carries into the second half and then loses its bite. And so does the film.

Mohamed has proved himself as a storyteller with Sardari Begum, Mammo and Zubeida but sadly, he has punctured Tehzeeb with unnecessary baggage like Diana Hayden, Namrata Shirodkar and endless love scenes between Matondkar and Rampal after interval.

As expected, the movie belongs to Azmi and she is charming as a successful woman. Rampal too has done a good job as a rich author, and a doting husband and brother-in-law.

Tehzeeb is a good step over Fiza for Mohammed, and hopefully, whatever he does next, will deliver more.

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