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When a singer-waiter is framed for murder, three elderly gentlemen risk all to prove his innocence.

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Credited cast:
Jimmy Sheirgill ... Shashank Dutt (as Jimmy Shergill)
Shenaz Treasury ... Sapna P. Lakha (as Shenaz Treasurywala)
Kader Khan ... Iqbal Khan
Prem Chopra ... Chandrakant 'Chander' Mehta
Satish Kaushik ... Rajpal Singh
Dalip Tahil ... Banwari 'Ben' Chibber
Shakti Kapoor ... Prem Lakha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emily Clark Emily Clark ... Victoria
Emily Clarke Emily Clarke ... Susie
Matthew Curtis Matthew Curtis ... Policeman
Rez Kempton ... Girish
Anupam Kher ... Narrator
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Beautiful Sapna Lakha lives a very wealthy lifestyle with her businessman dad, Prem, and housewife mom in the United Kingdom. One day while eating out at a restaurant, she falls in love with a singer-cum-waiter, Shashank Dutt, who is also attracted to her. She introduces him to her dad, who disapproves of him, and would like Sapna to get married to Vikram 'Vick', the son of a local politician, Banwari Chibber. Prem, however, agrees to let Sapna marry Shashank after his assurances that he will do his best to make her comfortable, backed by three elderly men, Chandrakant Mehta - who is abused by his son and daughter-in-law; Rajpal Singh who is treated as a servant and babysitter by his son and daughter-in-law; and Iqbal Khan, who is discriminated against by London's Social Security merely because he is a Muslim. Shortly thereafter the owner, Victoria, of the restaurant where Shashank is employed is brutally murdered, and the police find evidence linking Shashank to her death, as a ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Three old men and an orphan

"Umar" is the story of three old Indian men: a Hindu, a Muslim and a Sikh, spending their last years in England, far away from their homeland. They are completely dependent on their selfish children, who insult them, humiliate them and treat them as servants. What keeps them alive is their friendship, and together they are awaiting the inevitable end. Until they become friends with Shashank, a young student/waiter/singer, who unlike their own children treats them kindly and with respect. Things take an unexpected turn when Shashank is suddenly accused with murder. Although the evidence against him is strong, they are convinced of his innocence and even help him escape the police, thus making themselves outlaws as well.

This is, in short, the story of Umar. The basic ingredients remind of another memorable movie, Baghban: the clash between the older generation, who have spent their entire lives working hard for the benefit of their children, and a spoiled and greedy younger generation, who not only cannot appreciate that fact, but openly disrespect and abuse their elders, too. And just like in Baghban, it is an orphan who sets things right, helping the same old people refind their dignity. Of course, both groups have been portrayed in a rather stereotypical way in both movies, but this is an understandable and forgivable move.

It should be said, all three old gentlemen (Prem Chopra, Kader Khan and Satish Kaushik) give excellent performances. Watching them is a pleasure from the beginning till the end. They are joined in their efforts by two other Bollywood actors of the same generation, Dilip Tahil and Shakti Kapoor. The role of Shashank is played by Jimmy Shergill. Although he is definitely a gifted actor, it seems like this role was not exactly challenging for him, so that his performance was acceptable at best. Sadly, the entire rest of the cast is terrible. This goes for Shenaz Treasurywala, Shashank's love interest and basically the pretty face of the movie, murder victim Emily Clark, the unsympathetic children, as well as all other minor roles. The acting of practically the entire supporting cast is at such an embarrassingly low level that it actually damages the movie itself.

The story, albeit not the most probable one, is not really predictable either. The morale about the elder generation deserving more respect might have been spun out a little less heavily. Still, despite some obvious weaknesses, Umar is an enjoyable movie with some great moments.


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