Umrao Jaan (1981)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 25 mins

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In Faizabad, British India, Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's Daroga dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by abducting Amiran and selling to a brothel madam. It is here Amiran will be re-named Umrao Jaan. Years later, Umrao has grown up and is an accomplished poetess as well as dancer extraordinary. She has many patrons, chief amongst them are Nawab Sultan and his father. The young Nawab is smitten by Umrao's beauty and her poems, but is finally forced to marry a girl of his mother's choice, leaving behind a heart-broken and devastated Umrao, who seeks solace in the arms of Faiz Ali and finally elopes with him, only to find out that he is a wanted bandit, and is shot down and killed by guards. Umrao re-locates to Kanpur where she establishes herself as a Poet and dancer, but is hunted down by brothel-keepers, Gohar Mirza and Husseini and brought back, where she is told that she must marry Gohar. Watch what Umrao does to escape from being married against her will, and her attempts to try and find her way back to her parents.
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Did you know? "Dil Cheez Kya" was sampled in the Sara Brightman song "Take My Breath Away". Read More
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as Nawab Sultan
as Amiran
as Husseini
as Maulvi
as Gohar Mirza
as Bismillah
as Faiz Ali
as Khanum Jaan






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Featured in: Anjuman (Hindi)
The film is based on the 1905 Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada by Mirza Hadi Ruswa.

"Dil Cheez Kya" was sampled in the Sara Brightman song "Take My Breath Away".

The film was almost shelved due to financial difficulties.

Rekha dons her own costumes and jewelry in the film due to budget constraints.