In Custody (1993 film)

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In Custody / Muhafiz
In Custody, 1993 film.jpg
Directed by Ismail Merchant
Produced by Wahid Chowhan
Paul Bradley (executive)
Donald Rosenfeld (executive)
Written by Anita Desai
Shahrukh Husain
Based on In Custody
by Anita Desai
Music by Zakir Hussain
Ustad Sultan Khan
Cinematography Larry Pizer
Edited by Roberto Silvi
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics (US, 1994)
Criterion Collection (US DVD, 2005)
Release date
  • 8 June 1994 (1994-06-08) (France)
Running time
126 minutes
Language Urdu

In Custody/Muhafiz is a 1993 film by Merchant Ivory Productions. It was directed by Ismail Merchant, with screenplay by Anita Desai and Shahrukh Husain. It is based upon Desai's 1984 Booker Prize nominated novel In Custody.

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Deven's (Om Puri) position as a professor of Hindi at a local college is only a means to an end. His first love is the Urdu language and in particular Urdu poetry. Deven's multiple (and often stymied) attempts to interview the great Urdu poet, Nur (Shashi Kapoor), act as a metaphor for the clash between modernization and tradition.



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