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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.

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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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India

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Release Date:

30 March 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flight of Pigeons See more »

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Film-Valas See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Shashi Kapoor had thrown out Jalal Agha at one point. He found his way of talking very offensive. See more »

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Excellent
16 February 2008 | by Pratik112See all my reviews

"Junoon" means obsession and this is exactly what was portrayed in this movie. Based on the book, "The Flight of The Pigeons," which is based during the "Great Indian Mutiny" of 1857 and the aftermath, this shows of what really had happened in terms of the setting of the background - the mutiny and the aftermath. The mutiny now has been considered to be the first Indian war of independence, Javed Khan, a Pathan, comes into the town that he lives and sees a man making a prophecy of what is to come but en route to his house he sees an English girl, Ruth and becomes obsessed with her to such an extend that he keeps on staring at her whenever he sees her. This naturally frightens her and she informs her father about this. He tells her to ignore. But in the meantime, Ruth's grandmother, who is an Indian, is informed by their servant that he thinks that no one should go to church the next day as he has heard there will be a raid by the mutineers. But this is ignored and Ruth and her father go to church the next day and get involved in a blood bath that follows.

Adopted and Directed by Shyam Benegal, written and based on the book by Ruskin Bond and produced by Shashi Kapoor, this is a well researched based story, which shows the brutality of the soldiers of the British East India Company and of those who fought against them. The movie consists of a superb cast: Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Shabana Azmi, Tom Alter, Benjamin Gilani, Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor, Pearl Padamsee, Geoffrey Kendal, Sanjana Kapoor, Khulbhushan Kharbanda and Naseerudin Shah. The movie is in Urdu, which is similar to Hindi, and in English.

"Junoon" brings out the real meaning of the word "obsession" which is mixed in with violence and historical background. This is a movie that is worthwhile watching. The song that is most enchanting is the one at the beginning.


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