Umrao Jaan (2006)





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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.
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
as Ameeran/Umrao Jaan
Abhishek Bachchan
as Nawab Sultan
Suniel Shetty
as Faiz Ali
Shabana Azmi
as Khanum
Himani Shivpuri
as Bua Hussaini
Ayesha Jhulka
as Khurshid Jaan
Divya Dutta
as Bismillah Jaan
Puru Raj Kumar
as Gauhar Mirza
Puru Rajkumar
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
Bikram Saluja
as Ashraf
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 (3) | 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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

This story has all the hallmarks of a grand tragedy, but under J.P. Dutta's leaden direction, Umrao Jaan never registers a pulse.

Full Review… | November 13, 2006
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Umrao Jaan

Who would have thought that a three hour movie is really good from beginning to end? This is three times better than any movie about a courtesan. Wonderful story about a child who was kidnapped, sold to a brothel, and who fell in love with someone who is already spoken for.

Jennifer M
Jennifer M

Very good movies, it is a bit of a sad story. The fate of women in 19th century any where in the world was not the best. They were seen as the property of their father or other men. To be in charge of own destiny and monies they went to brothels. Still there they belonged to usually an older woman in charge of the brothel, until maybe they got their own establishment. Still they were used by men. Good but sad movie. Pretty costumes, and dancing.

Catie Liz Mac
Catie Liz Mac

With sincere apologies to all my flixster friends who are huge Bollywood fans . . .

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.

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.

Seriously, Walter, I was climbing the walls a few minutes into this one.

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.

It's another one, Walter, for our list.

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 Blue, or actually decent White -- the best one in a threesome of not-often-under-gushed-about fodder --, and seriously-most-disappointing and wholly vacuous color-trio buddy Red.

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.

I mean it: long live GOOD Bollywood.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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