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Umrao Jaan (2006)

J.P. Dutta's adaption of the Urdu novel "Umrao Jan Ada" by Mirza Haadi Ruswa (1905).

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J.P. Dutta

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J.P. Dutta (screenplay), O.P. Dutta (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Ameeran / Umrao Jaan (as Aishwariya Rai)
Shabana Azmi ... Khanum Jaan
Sunil Shetty ... Faiz Ali (as Suneil Shetty)
Abhishek Bachchan ... Nawab Sultan
Bikram Saluja Bikram Saluja ... Ashraf
Ayesha Jhulka ... Khurshid Jaan
Puru Rajkumar ... Gauhar Mirza (as Puru Raj Kumar)
Parikshat Sahni ... Ameeran's father (as Parikshit Sahani)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Maulvi
Divya Dutta ... Bismillah Jaan
Himani Shivpuri ... Bua Hussaini
Maya Alagh Maya Alagh ... Ameeran's mother
Vishwajeet Pradhan ... Dilawar Khan (as Viswajeet Pradhan)
Javed Khan ... Pir Baksh
Anwar Madeem Anwar Madeem ... Mirza Hadi Ruswa
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Storyline

Ameeran lives a poor-lifestyle with her mom, dad, and brother, Jamal, in Faizabad, British India. When her dad testifies against the local corrupt cop, Dilawar Khan, Khan swears to avenge this humiliation, and several years later, abducts Ameeran, holds her for ransom. When no money is forthcoming, he sells her. Ameeran ends up in a brothel run by Lucknow's Madame Khanum Jaan, where she is taught dance and poetry, and is subsequently re-named Umrao Jaan. Years later, Umrao has matured, is a well-known Courtesan with many patrons, chief amongst them are Nawab Sujat Ali Khan and his son, Sultan. Umrao and Sultan fall in love with each other, much to the chagrin of Sujat, who instructs Sultan either to give up Umrao or to lose his inheritance, and Sultan chooses Umrao. He gives up his father's palatial house and goes to live in the brothel, but re-locates to live with his uncle in Gadi after being taunted by Khanum Jaan. Umrao has a new admirer, Nawab Faiz Ali, who proposes to take her ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Urdu | Hindi

Release Date:

3 November 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Umrao Jaan: Losy pieknej kurtyzany See more »

Filming Locations:

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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(European Film Market)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film was originally set for a release date of July-August 2006. It was changed to November 2006 to finish up post production, as well as avoid any competition with other big films. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the period of the late 19th century but the hand pump shown is of India Mark II which came into existence much later. See more »

Connections

Version of Umrao Jaan (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Na Mil Sakoon Jo Tumse
Written by Javed Akhtar
Music by Anu Malik
Performed by Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of T-series
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Why I liked it!!!
16 November 2006 | by iamsaurabh1702See all my reviews

I feel the movie requires a closer look. Superficially the scenes mite come out dry but look closer and you will see the reality that is staring you in your face. there is not adulteration of scenes by strong music.. just the raw reality.. Some of the scenes which seem shallow ..that is what it would be like in reality... it is slowly after the build up that the story starts to unfold... Aishwarya has pulled off the role of Umrao exceptionally well. The lyrics touch your heart with songs like "Pooch rahe hain".

Shabana Azmi has played every emotion with such authenticity.. she comes out as a mother, a shrewd woman.. protecting her sanctuary... Aishwarya has repeated her excellent performance of Raincoat here. Kudos to J.P. Dutta


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