- This article is about the 1981 film directed by Muzaffar Ali. For the 2006 film, see Umrao Jaan .
: , Hindi
: उमराव जान) is a 1981 Bollywood
film, directed by Muzaffar Ali
. It is based on the Urdu
novel Umrao Jaan Ada
(1905), written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa
based on the famous Lucknow
courtesan. The film starred Bollywood actress Rekha
and Farooq Shaikh
In the year 1840
, a girl named Amiran (Seema Sathyu
) is kidnapped from her family in Faizabad, Oudh
by their neighbour, Dilawar Khan (Satish Shah
), and sold to Madam Khanum Jaan (Shaukat Kaifi
) who owns a brothel
where she trains courtesans (tawaif
). Amiran, renamed Umrao Jaan, learns to read, write, dance, sing, and charm wealthy men. She is a cultured woman trained to captivate men of wealth and taste.
A grown-up Umrao Jaan (Rekha
) catches the eye of Nawab Sultan (Farooq Shaikh
), and the two fall in love. But Nawab must marry to please his family, and Umrao's heart is broken.
She meets a dashing bandit chieftain, Faiz Ali (Raj Babbar
), who woos and wins her. She flees with her dacoit, hoping to marry him and leave the world of the courtesan far behind. But her lover is killed by local police and she is left alone, with no choice but to return to her old life.
Soon, the British attack the city of Lucknow
and the residents are forced to flee. Umrao's party of refugees stop in a small village near Lucknow. The residents ask the courtesan to sing and dance. Umrao, looking... Read More