Umrao Jaan is a 1981 Bollywood film directed by Muzaffar Ali. Based on the 1905 Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada, the film tells the story of a Lucknow courtesan and her rise to fame. Rekha was praised for her acting for her role of Umrao Jaan. The supporting characters were played by Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Raj Babbar and Bharat Bhushan.In the movie Umrao Jaan, Muzaaffar Ali has used the fascination of poetry to portray the pain a prostitute goes through in her life. He has used music to captivate the viewer and a legend named Rekha to win their hearts. On many occasions, Rekha outshines the mesmerizing music and on other occasions, music tames this wonderfully emotive actress into submission despite her subtle yet powerful expressions.
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