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Producer Merchant makes his feature directorial debut with this dreamy tale of small-town teacher Deven (Puri) who's urged by a publishing friend to interview Nur (Kapoor), the greatest living poet in the disappearing Urdu language. The worshipful Deven is dismayed to find his idol a wreck, surrounded by sycophants and a shrewish second wife who's plagiarizing her husband's work, and soon finds himself hopelessly entangled in the writer's life. Unabashedly literary (the poetry recited is by Faiz Ahmed Faiz) with a star cast. Based on the 1987 novel by Anita Desai. Urdu with subtitles.

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on Running time 123 minutes. Originally from Indian.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Poetry, India, Growing Older
Screenplay
Anita Desai, Shahrukh Husain
Cast
Shashi Kapoor, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Sushma Seth, Neena Gupta, Ajay Sahni, Tinnu Anand
Cinematography
Larry Pizer
Director
Ismail Merchant
Music
Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan
Producer
Wahid Chowhan, Paul Bradley, Donald Rosenfeld, Merchant-Ivory Productions, England Channel 4 London, Sony Pictures Classics

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