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
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Khurshid Jaan
Puru Rajkumar ...
Gauhar Mirza (as Puru Raj Kumar)
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Ameeran's father (as Parikshit Sahani)
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Bismillah Jaan
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Maya Alagh ...
Ameeran's mother
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Dilawar Khan (as Viswajeet Pradhan)
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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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3 November 2006 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Umrao Jaan: Losy pieknej kurtyzany  »

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£136,011 (UK) (3 November 2006)
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Trivia

Kareena Kapoor was eventually signed to play Abhishek Bachchan's fiancé in the film. Later she opted out. See more »

Goofs

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

Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya
Written by Javed Akhtar
Music by Anu Malik
Performed by Richa Sharma
Courtesy of T-series
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Why I liked it!!!
16 November 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I feel the movie requires a closer look. Superficially the scenes mite come out dry but look closer and you will see the reality that is staring you in your face. there is not adulteration of scenes by strong music.. just the raw reality.. Some of the scenes which seem shallow ..that is what it would be like in reality... it is slowly after the build up that the story starts to unfold... Aishwarya has pulled off the role of Umrao exceptionally well. The lyrics touch your heart with songs like "Pooch rahe hain".

Shabana Azmi has played every emotion with such authenticity.. she comes out as a mother, a shrewd woman.. protecting her sanctuary... Aishwarya has repeated her excellent performance of Raincoat here. Kudos to J.P. Dutta


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