Umrao Jaan

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"Umrao Jaan" unveils the injustices faced by women and advocates their emancipation. Set in late 19th-century India, the film tells the story of Umrao Jaan, a courtesan and poetess who was kidnapped as a child and sold into the country's prevalent culture of courtesanship. Umrao becomes popular amongst Lucknow's elite, including a nawab, a childhood friend and a dacoit with whom she attempts an escape from her brothel.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
as Ameeran/Umrao Jaan
Abhishek Bachchan
as Nawab Sultan
Suniel Shetty
as Faiz Ali
Himani Shivpuri
as Bua Hussaini
Ayesha Jhulka
as Khurshid Jaan
Divya Dutta
as Bismillah Jaan
Puru Rajkumar
as Gauhar Mirza
Puru Raj Kumar
as Gauhar Mirza
Parikshit Sahni
as Ameeran's Father
Parikshat Sahni
as Ameeran's Father
Maya Alagh
as Ameeran's Mother
Vishwajeet Pradhan
as Dilawar Khan
Javed Khan
as Pir Baksh
Bansree Madhani
as Ameeran/Young Umrao
Alka Yagnik
as Singing Voice of Umrao Jaan
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Critic Reviews for Umrao Jaan

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

  • Demands more patience than usual mainstream Hindi fare but rewards the viewer with fine perfs and a story that engages emotionally over the three-hour span.

    Dec 1, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Top Critic
  • At three and a half hours, J.P. Dutta's lugubrious period melodrama Umrao Jaan defeated me. It feels endless.

    Nov 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The extremely slow pace is severely sleep-inducing, the most dramatic of scenes come across as rather inert and the long takes don't hold the audience interest.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This story has all the hallmarks of a grand tragedy, but under J.P. Dutta's leaden direction, Umrao Jaan never registers a pulse.

    Nov 13, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Umrao Jaan

  • Mar 29, 2008
    With sincere apologies to all my flixster friends who are huge Bollywood fans . . . <p> Walter, I say, with great guilt, that I could not bear another syllable of this one. Not another frame, not another cut, not another jot, not another iota. <p>In fairness to me, I have been on an all-Bollywood, all-the-time crusade recently, so you'll see how highly, if you check my history of reviews, I've rated some BW product. <p>Seriously, Walter, I was climbing the walls a few minutes into this one. <p>I'm sure, because I'm a long-time flixster supporter to the bitter end, upholding the flixsterian democratic ideal that we are all entitled to our own opinions, no matter how narrow and inflexible they may be, that this one will most assuredly get big star ratings from other flixsters -- just not from me. <p> It's another one, Walter, for our list. <p> Please feel free to label me old, insensitive, and unbending, if you will, but I tried. I truly gave it the "old college" try. Just as with tripe like so-so <i>Blue</i>, or actually decent <i>White</i> -- the best one in a threesome of not-often-under-gushed-about fodder --, and seriously-most-disappointing and wholly vacuous color-trio buddy <i>Red</i>. <p> I really, really, really tried, Walter. But, as you know even way up there in the far East-North, time is precious, and life is short. <p> I mean it: long live GOOD Bollywood.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2007
    An amazing movie! Loved it! Brought tears to my eyes.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2006
    Quite a disappointing movie.. not what i expected but could have been better.. costumes were colourful and beautiful.. and Aishwariya looking beautiful as ever...
    XXX RaJ XXX B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2006
    Ehhh, just really strange is what this is. Not worth watching.
    Maryam T Super Reviewer

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