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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

Many criticized Manoj Bajpai for being selected in the role of a prince. It was stated he did not look like the character he played and another actor would be more suitable. This caused Bajpai to openly tell the media that those who saying such nasty comments were racist and being unfair to him. 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

Follows Sardari Begum (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Albeli
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Music by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Sukhwinder Singh
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As real as the Film itself
16 April 2003 | by lalit_chadha_1See all my reviews

Zubeida, is a classic film. In fact one of the best films to come out of the Hindi Film industry in recent times. All the aspects of the film, whether be it the taut and intelligent Direction (vintage Benegal ji), the music (the re-incarnation of R.D.Burman as modern age A.R. Rehman giving very popular and ever lasting amazing numbers, the haunting lyrics, the very original storyline, the entire canvass, was a cinematic treat. Of course the histrionic talents of Surekha Sikri, Amrish Puri, MAnoj Bajpai, Rajat Kapoor, Lillette Dubey amongst others combined with the deadly combination duo of my all time favourite actresses REkha and KArisma KApoor was deadly! In fact i can't thank Mr. Benegal enough for bringing these two great actresses in the same canvas and the result was there for everyone to see. KArisma, i would say, excelled is a low word, she just was as good as Smita Patil or Shabana Azmi would have been in the same role. The kind of Depth, the look, the innocence, the beauty, the charisma, the fear, the strength, the naivety, the revolt, the love - all these expressions and more that she displayed in this film were worth a NAtional Award at least if not the Oscar! Well, the Filmfare critics award made up for it. All in all a collector's item, a great always-to-be-remembered film.


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