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Junoon (1979)

Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.

Director:

Shyam Benegal

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Shyam Benegal, Ruskin Bond (story "A flight of Pigeons") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shashi Kapoor ... Javed Khan
Nafisa Ali ... Ruth Labadoor
Shabana Azmi ... Firdaus (Javed's wife)
Naseeruddin Shah ... Javed's Brother-in-law, Sarfaraz Khan
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Lalal Ramjimal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jalal Agha Jalal Agha ... Kader Khan
Tom Alter ... Priest
Ismat Chughtai Ismat Chughtai ... Maternal Grandmother of Ruth Labadoor
Benjamin Gilani Benjamin Gilani ... Rashid Khan
Karan Kapoor
Kunal Kapoor
Sanjana Kapoor
Geoffrey Kendal Geoffrey Kendal
Jennifer Kendal ... Mrs. Mariam Labadoor (Ruth's mom)
Deepti Naval ... Rashid's wife
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Storyline

The movie chronicles the period of 1857 to 1858 when the soldiers of the East India Company mutinied and many smaller kingdoms joined the soldiers in the hope of regaining their territories from the English. The movie is shown from the perspective of one of the leaders of the fight (Shashi Kapoor). Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@terway.com>

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

30 March 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flight of Pigeons See more »

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Production Co:

Film-Valas See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Junoon is Shashi Kapoor' first film as producer under the banner. Filmvalas. See more »

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Great movie!
17 July 2006 | by bcr004See all my reviews

This movie is a beautiful love story and portrays the feudal life style of the landed aristocracy in North India, particularly in the Awadh region (around Lucknow), a major centre of the 1857 war of independence. Also, IMHO, Javed Khan (Shashi Kapoor)has already seen Ruth, even before the Church massacre (remember the first scene- Ruth notices someone standing outside the house).

Interesting trivia from the movie:

Ruth's grandma is played by Ismat Chughtai, one of the foremost progressive Urdu writers of the last century.

Ruth was played by Nafisa Ali, who had been crowned Miss India in 1977 or 1978 (?). This was her last movie till she appeared in the 2000 movie 'Major Saab' with Amitabh Bacchan (Amitabh's wife).


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