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Zubeidaa (2001)

Zubeidaa, an aspiring Muslim actress, marries a Hindu prince to become his second wife. Her tumultuous relationship with her husband, and her inner demons lead her to a decision which has fatal consequences for them all.

Director:

Shyam Benegal

Writers:

Khalid Mohamed (original story and screenplay), Javed Siddiqui (dialogue) (as Javed Siddique)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karisma Kapoor ... Zubeida
Rekha ... Mandira Devi
Manoj Bajpayee ... Raja Vijendra Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Rajit Kapoor ... Riyaz Masud (as Rajit Kapur)
Surekha Sikri ... Fayyazi (as Surekha Sikri-Rege)
Amrish Puri ... Suleiman Seth
Farida Jalal ... Mammo
Shakti Kapoor ... Dance Master Hiralal
Lillete Dubey ... Rose Davenport
Ravi Jhankal ... Girivar Singh
Smriti Mishra Smriti Mishra ... Sardari Begum
S.M. Zaheer S.M. Zaheer ... Sajid Masud
Harish Patel ... Nandlal Seth
Seema Bhargava
Parzaan Dastur ... Young Riyaz
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Storyline

The film begins with Riyaz (Rajat Kapoor), Zubeida's son setting out to research her life, and to meet the people who knew her. The story is thus told in the form of memories/reminiscences. Zubeida is a Muslim actress, who's career aspirations are thwarted by her film-producer father (Puri) who looks down upon a woman in acting. He arranges her marriage to her friend's son, but that breaks up after the birth of her son. Zubeida is now back at her parent's home, sad and depressed. Rose (Lilette Dubey) her father's mistress tries to cheer-up Zubeida by taking her out. On one of these outings, Zubeida meets Prince Vijayendra (Victor) Singh of Fatehpur (Bajpai). Quite taken with her, the Prince woos and marries her. Zubeida, now the 2nd wife of a Hindu prince, leaves her son behind with her mother (Sikri) and comes to live at Fatehpur. Here she meets the much older Mandira Devi (Rekha) the Prince's first wife, learns about the etiquette of being a Rani, and of the duties her husband has ... Written by Amodini

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The Story of a Princess


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu | Rajasthani

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Роковая любовь See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bollywood Brass Band did a instrumental version of "Main Albeli" for the album Rahmania. See more »

Goofs

The events of the movie are happening in the 1950s, around the time of decolonization, yet the prince Victor appears to be flying a 1982 model of Cessna 172. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Hai Na
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Music by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik
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A story of a Princess
2 April 2008 | by wacko8See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching Zubeidaa. The acting was great, and history and Rajhastani culture were portrayed beautifully. The only thing I hated about the movie was the character of Zubeidaa. It was always about, 'I, Me, Mine' with her, and to me she seemed like a spoiled and childish brat. Karishma Kapoor looked very pretty and her acting was wonderful, despite a stinky character she portrayed. Rekha looked beautiful and young as always.If you can help not hitting the screen every time Zubeidaa wallows in self pity, I recommend you to watch the movie. If nothing else, it can give one a pretty good idea of the lifestyle of Maharajas in that time era!


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