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This article is about the 2001 film. For the actress on which it is based, see Zubeida Begum. For the silent film actress, see Zubeida.
DVD cover
Directed by Shyam Benegal
Produced by Farouq Rattonsey
Written by Khalid Mohammed
Starring Karisma Kapoor,
Manoj Bajpai,
Amrish Puri,
Farida Jalal,
Lillete Dubey,
Shakti Kapoor
Music by A. R. Rahman
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates
  • 19 January 2001 (2001-01-19)
Running time
153 min
Language Hindi
Budget 5 crore (equivalent to 11 crore or US$1.6 million in 2016) [1]
Box office 239.5 million (US$3.5 million)[2]

Zubeidaa (Hindi: ज़ुबैदा, Urdu: زبیدہ‎) is a 2001 Indian film directed by Shyam Benegal and written by Khalid Mohammed. It stars Karisma Kapoor, Rekha, Manoj Bajpai, Surekha Sikri, Rajit Kapoor, Lillete Dubey, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, and Shakti Kapoor. Renowned musician A.R.Rahman has scored the background music and soundtrack for the movie.

Zubeidaa is the concluding chapter in a trilogy that began with Mammo (1994) and continued with Sardari Begum (1996). The film is based on the life of the ill-fated actress Zubeida Begum, who married Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur and was the mother of the film's writer.

The film garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and won Karisma Kapoor a Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics).


Zubeidaa is the story of Riyaz's (Rajit Kapoor) search to understand his mother, who is not known to him, as he was brought up by his grandmother in the absence of his mother. His mother's name was Zubeidaa (Karisma Kapoor) and she was the only daughter of a filmmaker named Suleman Seth (Amrish Puri). Zubeidaa acts in films secretly, but when her father finds out he forbids her to carry on and quickly arranges her marriage to Mehboob Alam (Vinod Sharawat). Things seem happy for her when she gives birth to Riyaz. However, a disagreement arises between Suleman and Mehboob's father, and Mehboob divorces Zubeidaa few days after she gives birth.

Zubeidaa then meets Maharaja Vijayendra Singh of Fatehpur (Manoj Bajpai). Vijayendra is already married to Maharani Mandira Devi (Rekha) and is the father of two children. Nevertheless, he falls in love with Zubeidaa and they get married, but there is continuous turmoil in their relationship. Riyaz learns through Zubeidaa's journal that though she loved Vijayendra dearly, she was unable to follow the stifling customs of the palace. She was also uncomfortable because of her brother-in-law Uday Singh's sexual advances towards her, and his demands of her to have an extra-marital affair with him.

Riyaz travels to Fatehpur and asks many people about his mother. However, all except Mandira, whom Zubeidaa called "Mandy Didi", either deny that his mother ever existed, or say that she was a horrible woman who seduced their king and caused his death in a plane crash.

On reading the journal, Riyaz finds out that Vijayendra had become a politician, and was about to go to Delhi for an important meeting. Zubeidaa felt frustrated that whenever her husband needed help he looked to Mandira for support, and at the last minute she insisted that only she will accompany him for the meeting. Zubeidaa tries to control the small plane which then crashes, killing Zubeidaa and Vijayendra. In the end, Riyaz and his grandmother watch a tape of his mother's film. The movie ends with a screen shot of Zubeidaa dancing happily, with Riyaz and his grandmother shedding tears of happiness.



Zubeidaa – The Story of a Princess
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 2000 (India)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Soundtrack
Label Sony BMG
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
One 2 Ka 4
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All Music 4.5/5.0 stars [4]

The soundtrack was released in 2000 and contained eight tracks, all composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Lata Mangeshkar collaborated with the musician again for couple of tracks. Other singers, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Alka Yagnik walked away with all accolades for their renditions in their respective tracks.

# Song Artist(s)
1 "Dheeme Dheeme" Kavita Krishnamurthy
2 "Main Albeli" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sukhwinder Singh
3 "Mehndi Hai Rachnewali" Alka Yagnik
4 "So Gaye Hain" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Hai Na" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
6 "Pyaara Sa Gaon" Lata Mangeshkar
7 "So Gaye Hain" Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus
8 "Chhodo More Baiyyan" Richa Sharma



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