Umrao Jaan is a 1981 Bollywood film, directed by Muzaffar
Ali. It is based on the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), written by Mirza
Hadi Ruswa based on the famous Lucknow courtesan. The film starred Bollywood
actress Rekha and Farooq Shaikh as leads.
In the year 1840, a girl named Amiran is kidnapped from
her family in Faizabad and sold to Khanum Jaan, the madam of a brothel in
Lucknow who teaches young courtesans. Renamed Umrao Jaan, Amiran turns into a
cultured woman trained to captivate men of wealth and taste.
Umrao catches the eye of Nawab Sultan and the two fall in
love, but the relationship comes to an end when Nawab reveals he must marry
in order to please his family. Umrao then becomes infatuated with bandit
chieftain Faiz Ali, who woos and wins her heart. She elopes with him, but is
forced to return to Lucknow after Ali is killed by local police.
Sometime later, British soldiers attack Lucknow and the
residents are forced to flee. Umrao's party of refugees stops in a small
village, which Umrao recognizes as Faizabad. The residents fail to recognize
her, however, and ask her to dance for their pleasure.
Afterwards, she reunites with her family, who believed her
to be dead. Her mother is happy to welcome Umrao back, but her brother
forbids it and orders Umrao to never return. She returns to Lucknow to find
the brothel looted and deserted.
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Rekha, Raj Babbar, Seema Sathyu, Naseeruddin
Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Umme Farwa, Shaukat Azmi, Dina Pathak, Prema, Narayan,
Gajanan Jagirdar & Bharat Bhushan, Ishtiaque Khan Ghilzai, Prema
Narayan, Akbar Rashid, Rita Rani Kaul, Shaheen Sultan