Zubeidaa (2001)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 29 mins

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The film begins with Riyaz (Rajat Kapoor), Zubeida's son setting out to research her life, and to meet the people who knew her. The story is thus told in the form of memories/reminiscences. Zubeida is a Muslim actress, who's career aspirations are thwarted by her film-producer father (Puri) who looks down upon a woman in acting. He arranges her marriage to her friend's son, but that breaks up after the birth of her son. Zubeida is now back at her parent's home, sad and depressed. Rose (Lilette Dubey) her father's mistress tries to cheer-up Zubeida by taking her out. On one of these outings, Zubeida meets Prince Vijayendra (Victor) Singh of Fatehpur (Bajpai). Quite taken with her, the Prince woos and marries her. Zubeida, now the 2nd wife of a Hindu prince, leaves her son behind with her mother (Sikri) and comes to live at Fatehpur. Here she meets the much older Mandira Devi (Rekha) the Prince's first wife, learns about the etiquette of being a Rani, and of the duties her husband has towards his first wife. Zubeida's relationship with Mandira (whom she calls Mandy didi) is tumultuous, seesawing between affection and jealousy. She frets about the restrictions on her as Rani and the choke-hold of royal duties on Victor, often venting out her frustrations at not having her husband to herself. When Victor decides to contest the elections, he relies on Mandira, as his Hindu consort (as opposed to Zubeida), to accompany him on his political jaunts. Zubeida, angry at being spurned, in obstinacy takes a decision, which has fatal consequences.

Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Rekha Ganesan

Crew: Shyam Benegal (Director), Rajan Kothari (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Drama

Release Dates: 19 Jan 2001 (India)

Hindi Name: ज़ुबैदा

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as Zubeida
as Mandira Devi
as Suleiman Seth
as Mammo
as Nandlal Seth
as Rose Davenport
Supporting Actor
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as Riyaz Masud
as Girivar Singh
Supporting Actress
as Dance Master Hiralal
as Sardari Begum
as Fayyazi

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
Rajasthani, Urdu
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
01 
05:43
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy
02 
05:01
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
03 
04:26
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik
04 
05:23
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
05 
04:58
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
06 
05:33
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
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03:02
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
08 
04:12
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Richa Sharma