Basic info
  1. Director: Muzaffar Ali
  2. Country: India; Year: 1981; Language: Urdu; Runtime: 145 min; Color: Color; Sound: Mono
  3. Studio: Integrated Films
  4. Producer: Muzaffar Ali; Writer: Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa, Shama Zaidi, Javed Siddiqui, Muzaffar Ali; Cinematographer: Pravin Bhatt; Editor: B. Prasad; Composer: Khayyam; Lyricist: Shahryar
  5. Cast: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Prema Narayan, Shaukat Kaifi, Dina Pathak, Leela Mishra, Gajanan Jagirdar
Based on the 1905 Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada, the film tells the story of a Lucknow courtesan and her rise to fame. The film is known for its elaborate portrayal of mid-19th century Lucknow, its decadent society, and also describes the moral hypocrisy of the era, where Umrao Jaan also becomes the symbol of a nation that had long attracted many suitors who were only looking to exploit her. (Wikipedia)
Interesting links
  1. Review and commentary on Umrao Jaan: University of Iowa
  2. Review on film blog Let’s Talk About Bollywood
  3. Summary of book “Umrao Jaan Ada”: University of Washington
  4. Essay on book “Umrao Jaan Ada”: Columbia University
  5. See movie locations at Filmapia
Where to watch/buy?
  1. Watch on YouTube with English subtitles
  2. Buy at Amazon