Umrao Jaan (2006)

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J.P. Dutta's adaption of the Urdu novel "Umrao Jan Ada" by Mirza Haadi Ruswa (1905).



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ameeran / Umrao Jaan (as Aishwariya Rai)
Faiz Ali (as Suneil Shetty)
Bikram Saluja ...
Ayesha Jhulka ...
Khurshid Jaan
Puru Rajkumar ...
Gauhar Mirza (as Puru Raj Kumar)
Parikshat Sahni ...
Ameeran's father (as Parikshit Sahani)
Bismillah Jaan
Himani Shivpuri ...
Maya Alagh ...
Ameeran's mother
Dilawar Khan (as Viswajeet Pradhan)
Javed Khan ...
Pir Baksh
Anwar Madeem ...
Mirza Hadi Ruswa


Ameeran lives a poor-lifestyle with her mom, dad, and brother, Jamal, in Faizabad, British India. When her dad testifies against the local corrupt cop, Dilawar Khan, Khan swears to avenge this humiliation, and several years later, abducts Ameeran, holds her for ransom. When no money is forthcoming, he sells her. Ameeran ends up in a brothel run by Lucknow's Madame Khanum Jaan, where she is taught dance and poetry, and is subsequently re-named Umrao Jaan. Years later, Umrao has matured, is a well-known Courtesan with many patrons, chief amongst them are Nawab Sujat Ali Khan and his son, Sultan. Umrao and Sultan fall in love with each other, much to the chagrin of Sujat, who instructs Sultan either to give up Umrao or to lose his inheritance, and Sultan chooses Umrao. He gives up his father's palatial house and goes to live in the brothel, but re-locates to live with his uncle in Gadi after being taunted by Khanum Jaan. Umrao has a new admirer, Nawab Faiz Ali, who proposes to take her ... Written by rAjOo (

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Drama | Romance






Release Date:

3 November 2006 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Umrao Jaan: Losy pieknej kurtyzany  »

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Opening Weekend:

£136,011 (UK) (3 November 2006)


£296,784 (UK) (10 November 2006)

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Did You Know?


Before J.P. Dutta considered Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai for the lead, he wanted Kareena Kapoor to play Umrao Jaan. Kareena declined the part after a meeting with him. See more »


The movie is set in the period of the late 19th century but the hand pump shown is of India Mark II which came into existence much later. See more »


Version of Umrao Jaan (1981) See more »


Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya
Written by Javed Akhtar
Music by Anu Malik
Performed by Anmol Malik
Courtesy of T-series
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well done
6 November 2006 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

I saw the original movie when I was 10 back in 1982. Remakes of a successful film are always difficult because to many they will never live up to ones expectations. This one by JP Dutta was a great effort. Aishwariya looked and acted great and Abhishek had a haunting presence. And Shabana Azmi is her usual excellence. The music is wonderful - Anu Malik's stuff here is reminiscent of his "Refugee" soundtrack (which overall was better) but there are some real gems here especially "Tumhari mehfil mai aa gai hai" (gives me shivers). For many of us this movie will be nothing new - if you have seen the original or "Pakeezah" or even "Memoirs of a geisha". But it there are new and younger audiences out there who really should give it a try.

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