In Custody (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

In Custody (1993)




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Anita Desai and Shahrukh Husain adapted Desai's novel for this comedy-drama about an Indian university teacher who encounters numerous hassles in his attempts to document the final writings of an ailing, alcoholic poet whom he idolizes. Score by Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan.


Om Puri
as Deven
Shabana Azmi
as Imtiaz Begum
Sushma Seth
as Safiya Begum
Ajay Sahni
as Siddiqui
Yusuf Khurram
as 1st Young Man
Riju Bajaj
as 2nd Young Man
Nayeem Hafizka
as 3rd Young Man
Veerendra Saxena
as 4th Young Man
Munawwar Naqwi
as 5th Young Man
Sanjay Mohan Sagar
as 6th Young Man
Farhan Khan
as 7th Young Man
Anik Dey
as 8th Young Man
Nafisa Sharma
as Brothel Madam
Prayag Raj
as Mr. Jain
Tirlu Khan
as 1st Boy
Afzal Khan
as 2nd Boy
Fazal Tabish
as Masseur
Alakh Nandan
as Trivedi
Prashant Khirwadkar
as The Registrar
Razzak Siddiqui
as The Principal
Mohamad Ali
as Chief Guest
Farooq Khan
as Musician (Mehfil)
Chunnu Ashfaque Ahmed Khan
as Musician (Mehfil)
Ustad Saeed Ahmed Khan
as Musician (Mehfil)
Sulbha Chaurasia
as Asyia the Tampura Player
as Safiya's Attendant
Pragya Mekherjee
as Safiya's Attendant
Kaynat Kauser
as Imtiaz's Attendant
Parveen Rehman
as Imtiaz's Attendant
Mustafa Taj
as Man in Audience
Amit Goswani
as Street Urchin
as Tea Boy
Shubha Bannerjee
as 1st Courtesan
Samta Choudhary
as 2nd Courtesan
Jyoti Mishra
as 3rd Courtesan
Swastika Chakraborty
as 4th Courtesan
Aruna Shrivastava
as 5th Courtesan
Megha Pal
as 6th Courtesan
Ishak Khan
as Musician (Siddiqui's House)
Amjad Khan
as Musician (Siddiqui's House)
Mohammed Jamil Mansoor
as Musician (Siddiqui's House)
Shakkendra Yadav
as Friend of Bablu
Nikhil Das
as Friend of Bablu
Anil Mulchandani
as Friend of Bablu
Fawakkal Baba
as Dozing Man
Gopal Janam
as Deven's Father
Umer Sabir
as Young Deven
Samir Feroz
as Nur's Son
as Mrs. Bhalla
Habib Bhopali
as Burly Man
Zameer Hassan
as Waiter Urchin
K.S. Mehta
as Contractor
Matthew Kelly
as Om's Double
Humayan Khan
as Customer at Brothel
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Critic Reviews for In Custody

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

It feels like a slender short story spun out close to breaking point. An honourable debut, though.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Ismail Merchant's directing debut, In Custody, is a lively, sharply-observed adaptation of Anita Desai's novel.

December 6, 2017 | Full Review…

I guess to really enjoy this film you would have to speak the language of Urdu to understand its poetical nuances...

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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