Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Sushma Seth, Neena Gupta, Tinnu Anand, Prayag Raj, Ajay Sahni, Maza Bi
Merchant Ivory Productions Presents
Director: Ismail Merchant
Script: Anita Desai and Shahrukh Husain
Editor: Roberto Silvi
Director of Photography: Larry Pizer
Music: Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan
Executive producers: Paul Bradley and Donald Rosenfeld
Producer: Wahid Chowhan
Based on the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Abita Desai, In Custody (1994) – the debut of Ismail Merchant as a director – is a wry, lyrical, comic drama about contemporary Indian culture, society and domestic life.
The central themes are first the threatened extinction of the Urdu language – much prized for its beauty, sophistication and its great literary tradition – and second of two men pursuing their ideals against great odds. Nur is considered the greatest living Urdu poet; Deven hopes to rekindle interest in the language by recording Nur reciting his magical verse. But multiple problems strew Devan’s path, and the greatest of these are the vastly bloated Nur, his love of drink, and his two shrewish wives. Little does Devan realise the monstrousness of the task he has set himself, nor how his ‘cultural odyssey’ will follow a deeply ludicrous path and have an unexpected and moving conclusion.
Graced by magical photography and superb performances, In Custody stars Shashi Kapoor (Heat and Dust, Shalespeare Wallah), Shabana Azmi (Madame Sousatzka) and Om Puri (White Teeth, East Is East, The Mystic Masseur).
Special Features :
Original theratrical trailer, in Hindi
Memories by Shashi Kapoor
Memories by Habana Azmi and Om Puri
Ismail Merchant talks about In Custody
Short Film: Mahatma and the Mad Boy
Colour mode: Colour
Disc Format: DVD 9
Audio Content: Dolby Digital
Region Code: PAL
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Language: Hindi/Urdu subtitled in English
Dual layer format: transition between
Layers may trigger a slight pause.
1. Opening credits
2. The tonga
4. My pigeons
5. Recite it
6. It’s come to this
7. The college tea
8. You must do it
9. Demanding money
10. Did you bring it?
11. What is going on?
12. Turn it off
13. A pilgrimage
14. End credits