In Custody (1994)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 6 mins

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An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He finds him living with feuding wives, visited by sycophants who drink his whisky and eat his food. Deven wants to record Nur for posterity and seeks funds to buy an aged tape recorder, to bribe Safiya, the elder wife, to get Nur into a room at a brothel for a week for the recording, and to feed Nur's pals who show up. Nur's beautiful second wife, Imtiaz, wants to be taken seriously as a poetess. Dever dismisses her and ignores his own wife and child much as Nur does. In the end, what is preserved?
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Did you know? All the poetry used in this movie is written by a Pakistani poet named Faiz Ahmed Faiz, who died ten years before this movie was released. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
Urdu
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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No
Trivia:
All the poetry used in this movie is written by a Pakistani poet named Faiz Ahmed Faiz, who died ten years before this movie was released.

Shabana Azmi, who plays Imtiaz Begum, who aspires to be a poetess in her own right in the movie is related to many poets, namely, father Kaifi Azmi, husband Javed Akhtar and father in law Janisaar Akhtar.