'New Umrao Jaan not a remake'

JP Dutta claims that his version of Umrao Jaan is inspired by the classic story and not by Muzaffar Ali's film made 25 years ago.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 12:15 IST

Director JP Dutta says he has made a movie of the classic story Umrao Jaan about a woman kidnapped and sold into a brothel, but it's no remake of the famous film made 25 years ago.

"This is my version of the story," he told reporters in Lucknow. "I did not get inspired by Muzaffar Ali's film."

Ali had won numerous awards for his movie, which has become a classic of Bollywood cinema.

The film tells the story of a courtesan named Ameeran, or Umrao Jaan Ada, who was kidnapped from her home and sold into a brothel somewhere around Lucknow.

"When I read the original novel I was completely taken by the story and felt that there are many aspects that were ignored by earlier filmmakers," Dutta said.

The film includes some of Bollywood's biggest stars, with Aishwarya Rai playing Umrao Jaan alongside Abhishek Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Sunil Shetty.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 11:51 IST