In Custody (1993 film)

In Custody / Muhafiz
Directed by Ismail Merchant
Produced by Wahid Chowhan
Paul Bradley (executive)
Donald Rosenfeld (executive)
Written by Anita Desai (novel)
Shahrukh Husain
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 dates
October 1993 (Tokyo Film Festival in Kyoto)
8 June 1994 (France)
Running time
126 minutes
Language Urdu

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

Plot synopsis

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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