Umrao Jaan is a 1981 Indian Hindi - language film directed by Muzaffar Ali. It is an art film starring Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh and Raj Babbar.
In the year 1840, a girl named Amiran is kidnapped in Faizabad and sold to Khanum Jaan, the madam of a brothel in Lucknow who teaches young courtesans. Renamed as Umrao Jaan, Amiran turns into a cultured woman trained to captivate men.
Umrao catches the eye of Nawab Sultan and the two fall in love instantly, but the relationship comes to an end when Nawab reveals he must marry in order to please his family. Umrao then becomes infatuated with bandit chieftain Faiz Ali, who woos and wins her heart. She elopes with him, but is forced to return to Lucknow after Ali is killed by local police.
Sometime later, British soldiers attack Lucknow and the residents are forced to flee. Umrao's party of refugees stops in a small village, which Umrao recognizes as Faizabad. The residents fail to recognize her, however, and ask her to dance for their pleasure.
Afterwards, she reunites with her family, who believed her to be dead. Her mother is happy to welcome Umrao back, but her brother forbids it and orders Umrao to never return. She returns to Lucknow to find the brothel looted and deserted.
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