In Custody (Muhafiz)
(1993)

(Certified: Dec 31, 1993)
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An editor asks Deven(Om Puri), a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi(Shashi Kapoor), an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He finds him living with feuding wives, visited by sycophants who drink his whisky and eat his food. Deven wants to record Nur for posterity and seeks funds to buy an aged tape recorder, to bribe Safiya(Sushma Seth), the elder wife, to get Nur into a room at a brothel for a week for the recording, and to feed Nur's pals who show up. Nur's beautiful second wife, Imtiaz(Shabana Azmi), wants to be taken seriously as a poetess. Deven dismisses her and ignores his own wife and child much as Nur does. In the end, what is preserved?

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