Junoon (1978 film)

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Junoon
Junoon film.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Shyam Benegal
Produced by Shashi Kapoor
Written by Shyam Benegal (screenplay)
Satyadev Dubey (dialogues)
Ismat Chugtai (dialogues)
Ruskin Bond (novella, A Flight of Pigeons)
Starring Shashi Kapoor
Shabana Azmi
Jennifer Kendal
Naseeruddin Shah
Narrated by Amrish Puri
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Cinematography Govind Nihalani
Edited by Bhanudas Divakar
Release date(s) December 14,1978 (December 14,1978)
Running time 141 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
English

Junoon (Hindi: जुनून, translation: The Obsession) is a critically acclaimed and award-winning 1978 Indian Hindi language film produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Shyam Benegal. The film is based on Ruskin Bond's fictional novella, A Flight of Pigeons, set around the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The film also had award-winning soundtrack, composed by Vanraj Bhatia, and cinematography by Govind Nihalani.

Its cast included Shashi Kapoor, his wife Jennifer Kendal, Nafisa Ali, Tom Alter, Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Pearl Padamsee and Sushma Seth. The film also featured Shashi and Jennifer's children Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor,

Plot[edit]

The story is set around the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Javed Khan (Shashi Kapoor) is a feckless feudal chieftain, whose world revolves around breeding carrier pigeons. His younger brother-in-law, Sarfaraz Khan (Naseeruddin Shah) is politically awakened and actively plots the fight against the British. Freedom fighters attack the local British administrators while they are in Sunday Worship at Church, massacring them all. Miriam Labadoor (Shashi Kapoor's wife, Jennifer Kendal) manages to escape with her daughter, Ruth (Nafisa Ali) and mother. The three women seek refuge with the wealthy Hindu family of Lala Ramjimal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda). Lala is torn between his loyalty for India and his privileged position under the British. However, matters are taken out of his hand by Javed Khan who barges into Lala's house and forcibly takes Ruth and her family to his own house. This leads to jealousy on part of his wife, Firdaus (Shabana Azmi) and anger on part of his brother, who ultimately gives in to the Indian tradition of offering hospitality and sanctuary even to uninvited guests. Various situations ensue due to cultural misunderstandings in the domestic routine of the Muslim household with its new English guests. Javed falls in love with Ruth, and wants to marry her but is opposed bitterly by her mother. There are simmerings of a love affair under the watchful suspicious eyes of Firdaus.

Meanwhile the Rebellion runs into problems and the British are defeating the ill-organized Indian forces. In a stormy scene, Sarfaraz destroys Javed's pigeon coops and sets his pets free after he finds out that Indian forces have lost the Battle for Delhi. There is a delayed recognition by Javed of his subjugated identity, colonised by the British. Sarfaraz dies in a battle against the British. The Labadoors return to the protection of the re-deployed British contingent, smuggled by Firdaus, who only wants to save her marriage. Javed finds out that the Labadoors have sought sanctuary in the church and rushes there to meet Ruth one last time but is turned away by her mother. The movie ends here with the voiceover that Javed was martyred fighting the British while Ruth and her mother return to England. Ruth dies fifty five years later, unwed.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

1979 National Film Awards awards[edit]

1980 Filmfare Awards awards[edit]

1980 Filmfare Awards nominations[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Junoon
Soundtrack album by Vanraj Bhatia
Released 1978
Genre Film soundtrack
Label HMV
Producer Kersy Lord

The soundtrack features 4 songs, composed by Vanraj Bhatia, with original lyrics from Yogesh Praveen and other lyrics by Amir Khusro, Jigar Moradabadi and Sant Kabir.

  1. "Khusro rain piya ki jaagi pee ke sang" – Jamil Ahmad
  2. "Ishq ne todi sar pe qayamat" – Mohammad Rafi
  3. "Come live with me and be my love" – Jennifer Kendal
  4. "Ghir aayi kari ghata matwali sawan ki aayi bahaar re" – Asha Bhosle, Varsha Bhosle

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