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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

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

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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

3 November 2006 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Umrao Jaan: Losy pieknej kurtyzany  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£136,011 (UK) (3 November 2006)

Gross:

£296,784 (UK) (10 November 2006)
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All of the jewelry worn in the movie was real. See more »

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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 »

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Version of Umrao Jaan (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Na Mil Sakoon Jo Tumse
Written by Javed Akhtar
Music by Anu Malik
Performed by Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of T-series
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Excellent remake!
6 November 2006 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

After a long wait, J.P. Dutta's remake of Umrao Jaan is finally out and it's definitely worth the wait. Beautiful cinematography, exquisitely choreographed mujras (dances), and wonderful performances highlight this excellent film. In particular, Aishwarya Rai gives an amazing performance as Umrao -- she's back in true form with a character that allows her to show off her wide acting range. Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, and all the other actors shine in their characterizations. Anu Malik's music is superb and perfectly fits with the dance sequences. Overall, I thought the film really did justice to the classic 1981 version -- updating it and adding terrific song and dance sequences. Both versions tell a powerful story. It also reminded me a lot of Pakeezah (1971) and Devdas (2002) in theme, storyline, and visual design. Kudos to all involved.


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