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Jaanisaar (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 2015 (India)
A love saga of a revolutionary courtesan of Avadh, India, and a prince brought up in England, set 20 years after the first war of Indian Rebellion of 1857

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Muzaffar Ali

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Meera Ali (screenplay), Meera Ali (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Imran Abbas ... Raja Ameer Haider
Pernia Qureshi Pernia Qureshi ... Noor
Muzaffar Ali ... Meer Mohsin Ali
Dalip Tahil ... Kunwar Iqbal Hasan
Carl Wharton ... Sir John Cavendish
Abid Yunus Khan Abid Yunus Khan ... Ratan Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Arikan ... Kitty Sykes
Luv Bhargav Luv Bhargav ... Raja Alipur
Benjamin Coakley ... Robert McCulley
Farrukh Jaffar ... Noor's grandmother
Beena Kak ... Mushtari Jaan
Midhat Khan Midhat Khan ... Soofi
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A love saga of a revolutionary courtesan of Avadh, India, and a prince brought up in England, set 20 years after the first war of Indian Rebellion of 1857

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Hindi

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Strictly for classical music and period drama fans.
14 August 2015 | by sohompramanickSee all my reviews

There's one thing common between a good film and a bad film- they both turn out to be memorable affairs. After more than three decades, the director of the classic-cult film Umrao Jaan, makes a comeback with Jaanisaar. But sadly, the well-respected director (Muzaffar Ali) seems to have lost his flair.

The film begins with Naseeruddin Shah's voice-over explaining how the English thought it was impossible to invade India due to its rich culture, etiquette and heritage. The film then introduces Raja Ameen Haider (Imran Abbas), who has been raised by the English as one of their own. His respect for them is immense as his late parents were devoted to them. He is soon introduced to Noor (Pernia Qureshi), a local courtesan whom he proceeds to falls in love with. As their romance blossoms, the naive prince starts questioning the way the British operate, which soon leads to combat.

The Good vs. Bad fight has been tried and tested many-a-times in Hindi cinema. Imran Abbas lacks depth in his performance as the prince. Pernia Qureshi makes an elegant debut but lacks the grace that an actress should have to fill the rather delicate shoes of Umrao Jaan. She's superb when it comes to her dancing skills though, and the rhythmic music gives her many occasions to show these off. A stylist herself, she's styled beautifully for the film and wears vintage clothes that capture the mood of the pre-Independence era. However, the film is slow in pace, lacks action and has poor dialogue delivery from the cast, which lets it down in the end.

If you are a fan of period drama and Indian history, this movie will fascinate you. The music is soothing to the ears, and the choreography is excellent too. The film showcases culture, poetry and clothes of the pre-independence era. Also, the film is shot in the beautiful locales of Lucknow. Poetry lovers will love this film- it is a true poetic delight!


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