In Custody (film)

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

In Custody / Muhafiz
Directed byIsmail Merchant
Produced byWahid Chowhan
Paul Bradley (executive)
Donald Rosenfeld (executive)
Written byAnita Desai
Shahrukh Husain
Based onIn Custody
by Anita Desai
Music byZakir Hussain
Ustad Sultan Khan
CinematographyLarry Pizer
Edited byRoberto Silvi
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics (US, 1994)
Criterion Collection (US DVD, 2005)
Release date
  • 8 June 1994 (1994-06-08) (France)
Running time
126 minutes

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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