“Umrao Jaan” is a Hindi language film released in 1981, directed by Muzaffar Ali. The film is based on the Urdu novel “Umrao Jaan Ada” by Mirza Hadi Ruswa and portrays the life of a courtesan named Umrao Jaan, played by Rekha.
The film depicts Umrao Jaan's journey from being kidnapped as a child and sold into prostitution to becoming a skilled courtesan known for her poetry, music, and dance. The story is set in 19th century Lucknow and explores the themes of love, betrayal, and societal norms.
Rekha's performance as Umrao Jaan was widely praised, and the film's music composed by Khayyam became popular. The film was also noted for its intricate costumes and sets, which captured the essence of the Nawabi culture.
“Umrao Jaan” won two National Film Awards, including Best Actress for Rekha and Best Art Direction. It was also nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. The film has since become a classic and is considered one of the best works of Hindi cinema.
|Directed by||Muzaffar Ali|
|Produced by||Muzaffar Ali|
|Written by||Muzaffar Ali Javed Siddiqui Shama Zaidi|
|Based on||Umrao Jaan Ada
by Mirza Hadi Ruswa
|Music by||Mohammed Zahur Khayyam|
|Edited by||B. Prasad|
|Integrated Films S. K. Jain & Sons|
|Release date||2 January 1981|
|Running time||145 minutes|