Nishabd (2007)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 49 mins

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This sensational and thought-provoking contemporary drama delves into very delicate and sensitive concepts that are considered taboo in society – societal norms regarding the acceptability of sexual relationships and the consequences of succumbing to temptation. Vijay lives a wealthy lifestyle in India along with his wife, Amrita, to who he has been married to for 27 years, and a daughter, Ritu, who is now 18 years of age. The family has a vast estate, where Vijay likes to trek around indulging in his sole passion - photography. Amrita, who was an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer, she even won two gold medals, gave up her passion to look after the family. This holiday, Ritu brought along a friend, Jia, to this household. Jia, quite childish, now lives with her divorcée mom in Brisbane, Australia, resents her lifestyle, especially after her mom started living with another man. When Ritu sprains her ankle, both Vijay and Jia are thrown into each other's company. Amrita notices that Vijay suddenly starts singing to himself, then bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter. Then all of a sudden, Ritu asks Jia to leave the household, but is prevented by Vijay. Things spiral out of control when Amrita's brother, Shridhar, arrives for a short visit, and finds out that Vijay and Jia have pledged their love for each other. How will this shocking confession affect the lives of all those around them?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jiah Khan

Crew: Ram Gopal Varma (Director), Amit Roy (Director of Photography), Amar Mohile (Music Director), Vishal Bhardwaj (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 02 Mar 2007 (India)

Hindi Name: निशब्द

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as Vijay
as Jiah
as Rishi
as Shridhar
as Amrita
as Ritu


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Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: Amar Mohile, Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyricist: Munna Dhiman
Playback Singer: Amitabh Bachchan
Music Director: Amar Mohile, Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyricist: Munna Dhiman
Playback Singer: Jiah Khan
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This movie marked the debut of Jiah Khan in mainstream Indian cinema, and she nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut in 2007 for her captivating performance as Jia. Just when her career was taking off, unfortunately on 3 June 2013 she was found dead in her flat in the Sagar Sangeet building in Juhu, Mumbai after apparently hanging herself.

This movie was shot in exotic locations at Munnar in Kerala.

This movie was shot in just 20 days.

After the release of the movie, Director Ram Gopal Verma was served with a High Court notice for infringement of the movie title by award winning Bengali filmmaker Jahar Kanungo, whose similarly titled film Nisshabd won the Cinemaya Best Film and Best Actress award in 2004.

Amitabh Bachchan denied in an interview on "CNN IBN TV show" that this movie is inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita".

Before the film released a large protest was carried out in Amitabh Bachchan's hometown Allahabad; as protesters were unhappy to see superstar Amitabh Bachchan romancing a 18 year old, and felt this was totally unacceptable in Indian culture.
Movie Connection(s):
Remake of: Lolita (Assamese)
References: Dil Se.. (Hindi)