Such a Long Journey (film)

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Such a Long Journey
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Produced by Simon MacCorkindale
Paul Stephens
Screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala
Based on Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Starring Roshan Seth
Soni Razdan
Om Puri
Naseeruddin Shah
Kurush Deboo
Vrajesh Hirjee
Music by Jonathan Goldsmith
Cinematography Jan Kieser
Edited by Jeff Warren
The Film Works
Distributed by Amy International Artists
Release date
Running time
113 minutes
Country Canada
United Kingdom
Language English

Such a Long Journey is a 1998 Indo-Canadian english language film based on the novel of the same name written by Rohinton Mistry.[1] The film is directed by Sturla Gunnarsson with a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala.[2] The film received twelve Genie Awards nominations including the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.[3] The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.[4][5]


Gustad Noble (Roshan Seth) is a Parsi bank clerk who lives with his family in Bombay (Mumbai) just before the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. At first he seems to be a self-centred, self-involved, neurotic man who is so tied up in his own pain for perceived slights both past and present that he cannot seem to connect with either friends or family. He is haunted by memories of a privileged youth and his father's fortune, lost to the machinations of a scheming, unscrupulous uncle. He is baffled by the changes wrought in his eldest son, Sohrab (Vrajesh Hirjee), refuses to attend the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology to which he has gained admittance and his youngest daughter, Roshan, falls ill.

But his family begins to fall apart as his eldest son Other conflicts involve Gustad's ongoing interactions with his eccentric neighbours and his relationship with his close friend and co-worker, Dinshawji. Tehmul, a seemingly unimportant and mentally disabled character, is essential in Gustad's life, as he brings out the tender side of him and represents the innocence of life. A letter that Gustad receives one day from an old friend, Major Bilimoria, slowly draws him into a government deception involving threats, secrecy and large amounts of money. He then, begins the long journey, that sheds new light on all aspects of Gustad's personal and political life.



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