In Custody Trailer

In Custody Trailer (1994)

"India" 15 April 1994 Drama, Foreign 126 mins

Ismail Merchant's feature directorial debut addresses a subject close to his heart: the expressive Urdu language of Northern India, in danger of extinction as political trends and modernization obscure its contributions to Indian culture. Merchant 's treatment is wry and good humored , as his characters - an aging Urdu poet (Shashi Kapoor) and a worshipful young college lecturer - clash despite their shared passion for the beauty of words. Anita Desai adapted her novel with Shahrukh Husain, incorporating poems by Urdu author Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The movie won the President of India Gold Medal for Best Picture in 1994.(

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Om Puri

as Deven

Shabana Azmi

as Imtiaz Begum

Neena Gupta

as Sarla

Sushma Seth

as Safiya Begum


Donald Rosenfeld

Donald Rosenfeld Executive Producer

International Releases Dates

United Kingdom 03 June 1994

United States 15 April 1994

Production Companies

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