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Umrao Jaan (1981)

In Faizabad, British India, Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's Daroga dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by ... See full summary »

Director:

Muzaffar Ali

Writers:

Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa (novel) (as Mirza Hadi Ruswa), Shama Zaidi (screenplay and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rekha ... Amiran
Farooq Shaikh ... Nawab Sultan (as Farouque Shaikh)
Naseeruddin Shah ... Gohar Mirza
Raj Babbar ... Faiz Ali
Shaukat Azmi ... Khanum Jaan (as Shaukat Kaifi)
Ishtiaque Khan Ghilzai Ishtiaque Khan Ghilzai ... (as Khan Ghilzai)
Prema Narayan ... Bismillah
Akbar Rashid Akbar Rashid
Gajanan Jagirdar ... Maulvi
Dina Pathak ... Husseini
Rita Rani Kaul Rita Rani Kaul ... Ramdei
Shaheen Sultan Shaheen Sultan
Umme Farwa Umme Farwa ... Young Amiran
Seema Sathyu Seema Sathyu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farrukh Jaffar ... Played Umrao Jaan's biological mother
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Storyline

In Faizabad, British India, Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's Daroga dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by abducting Amiran and selling to a brothel madam. It is here Amiran will be re-named Umrao Jaan. Years later, Umrao has grown up and is an accomplished poetess as well as dancer extraordinary. She has many patrons, chief amongst them are Nawab Sultan and his father. The young Nawab is smitten by Umrao's beauty and her poems, but is finally forced to marry a girl of his mother's choice, leaving behind a heart-broken and devastated Umrao, who seeks solace in the arms of Faiz Ali and finally elopes with him, only to find out that he is a wanted bandit, and is shot down and killed by guards. Umrao re-locates to Kanpur where she establishes herself as a Poet and dancer, but is hunted down by brothel-keepers, Gohar Mirza and Husseini and brought back, where she is told that she must marry Gohar. Watch what ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Urdu

Release Date:

21 June 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Umrao Jaan, a kurtizán See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Dil Cheez Kya was sampled in the song Cantamilla by Tranquility Bass. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chameli (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Dil cheez kya hai aap meri jaan leejiye
Lyrics by Shahryar
Music by Khayyam
Sung by Asha Bhosle
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Exceptionally well-crafted 80's Hindi-Urdu gem.
20 February 2019 | by Amyth47See all my reviews

My Rating : 9/10

Hauntingly beautiful songs. A dream role for Rekha. This won her the National Award for Best Actress. 'Umrao Jaan' is poetry on screen and director Muzaffar Ali weaves a delicate yet sad tale of a 19th Century courtesan who, much like Rekha in her real life, has to deal with unrequited love.

The cinematography is extremely striking and every frame is lavish with glamorous costumes and intricate, sparkling jewellery.

'Umrao Jaan' is a classic - a poetic memoir of love and loss and the yearning for a happily ever after that never seems to come.


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