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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 »


Muzaffar Ali


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


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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Rekha wore her own costumes and jewelry for the movie due to budget constraints. The success of Khubsoorat and Umrao Jaan established Rekha, with whom Amitabh had stopped signing movies, as the top heroine of the first half of 1980s. The mantle would be later taken over by Sridevi, in 1986. See more »


Referenced in Bol (2011) See more »


In aankhon ki masti ke mastaane hazaaron hain
Lyrics by Shahryar
Music by Khayyam
Sung by Asha Bhosle
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Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan
13 November 2006 | by sakagazeSee all my reviews

Muzaffar Ali's UMRAO JAAN was a classy, niche-audience oriented film. Rekha's performance, Khayyam's musical score and the authentic period details, thanks to the discerning filmmaker who is known for subtlety and class, make it a masterpiece. The true appreciation for the film is more than due at this very moment when the entire world is exposed to the crass and glossy remake of the film (or call it the adaptation of the same literary classic by Mirza Haadi Ruswa) by J. P. Dutta. Aishwarya Rai in the 2006 film pales in comparison to Rekha, who played the quintessential tawaaif in Muzaffar Ali's film with perfect poise and elan. Abhishek Bachchan is nothing compared to Farouque Shaikh, and the same can be said when one tries to draw parallels between Suniel Shetty and Raj Babbar, the counterparts in the new and the old films respectively.

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1981 (India) See more »

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