Jaanisaar | Movie Review 08 Aug 2015   379


Star Cast: Imran Abbas, Pernia Qureshi, Muzaffar Ali, Carl Wharton, Beena Kak, Dalip Tahil
Direction: Muzaffar Ali
Genre: Romance
Duration: 2 hours 4 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

Inspired by true events, Jaanisaar begins with Naseeruddin Shah’s voice over telling us how the British had initially thought it was impossible to capture the then wealthy India because of its rich heritage and culture.
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Muzaffar Ali, who is best known for his ethereal 1981 film ‘Umrao Jaan’, is back with ‘Jaanisaar’. You get the grandeur and the old-world charm that you expect from an Ali film, but unfortunately he seems to have lost touch with the finesse.
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The Indian Express:

It is 1877 in Avadh, twenty years after India’s first ‘war’ of Independence. A handsome prince returns from England, falls in love with a ‘tawaaif’, and gets to know some deep dark secrets about his parentage.
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India Today:

It’s hard to let go of the past. In the case of filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, it means the classic Umrao Jaan, which enjoys a cult status for featuring one of Rekha’s best performances, Khayyam’s great music, which was enhanced by Asha Bhosle’s striking vocals
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Muzaffer Ali’s Jaanisaar is a cautionary tale of a film with a half-baked script and pretend patriotism.The film opens with Naseeruddin Shah’s voice reading aloud the contents of a letter that apparently contains Lord McCaulay’s take on how India’s culture
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