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Umrao Jaan is a famous character from Urdu literature, who was first introduced in the novel Umrao Jaan Ada by Mirza Hadi Ruswa in 1899. The novel tells the story of a courtesan and poetess from Lucknow in the 19th century, who narrates her life story to the author. The novel is considered to be one of the first Urdu novels and has been adapted into several films, plays, and TV shows.
In this article, we will focus on two film adaptations of Umrao Jaan Ada: one by Muzaffar Ali in 1981 and one by J.P. Dutta in 2006. We will provide a plot summary, cast and crew details, reviews and ratings, trivia and facts, and a guide on how to download these films for free from various sources.
Umrao Jaan (1981)
The film follows the life of Amiran (Rekha), who is kidnapped as a young girl from her home in Faizabad by a criminal named Dilawar Khan (Vishwajeet Pradhan), who seeks revenge against her father for testifying against him in court. Dilawar sells Amiran to Khanum Jaan (Shaukat Kaifi), the madam of a brothel in Lucknow, where she is renamed Umrao Jaan. She is trained in classical music, dance, poetry, and etiquette by Khanum Jaan and her associates. She also befriends Gauhar Mirza (Puru Raaj Kumar), the illegitimate son of a local nawab.
As Umrao grows up, she becomes a renowned courtesan who attracts many wealthy and influential patrons. She falls in love with Nawab Sultan (Farooq Shaikh), who reciprocates her feelings but is forced to marry another woman by his family. Umrao is heartbroken and seeks solace in Faiz Ali (Raj Babbar), a dashing bandit who persuades her to elope with him. However, Faiz Ali is captured by the British and Umrao is left alone in the wilderness. She returns to Lucknow, where she finds out that her brothel has been raided and Khanum Jaan has been arrested. She also learns that Nawab Sultan has lost his wealth and status due to the revolt of 1857 and is now living in poverty.
Umrao decides to visit her hometown of Faizabad, hoping to reunite with her family. She meets her brother, who is now a successful lawyer, but he rejects her and insults her for being a courtesan. Umrao is devastated and realizes that she has no place to call home. She goes back to Lucknow, where she resumes her life as Umrao Jaan, singing and dancing for her admirers, but with a sense of detachment and sorrow.
Cast and Crew
The film was directed by Muzaffar Ali, who also co-produced it with Jagjit Singh Kohli. The screenplay was written by Shama Zaidi and Muzaffar Ali, based on the novel by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. The music was composed by Khayyam, with lyrics by Shahryar. The film was shot in Lucknow and Hyderabad, with authentic costumes and sets.
The main cast of the film includes:
Puru Raaj Kumar
Ram Deen (Umrao's brother)
Dilawar Khan (Umrao's kidnapper)
Akbar Rashid Khan
Maulvi Sahib (Umrao's teacher)
Bua Hussaini (Umrao's mentor)
Mirza Sahib (Umrao's father)
Bismillah (Umrao's friend)
Pirate Chief (Faiz Ali's boss)
Khurshid (Umrao's rival)
Ghulam Hussain (Umrao's admirer)
Dai Maa (Umrao's nanny)
Uma Devi Khatri (Tun Tun)
Gulbadan (Khanum Jaan's maid)
Rita Rani Kaul
Nawab Sultan's wife
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