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The Far Pavilions 

Story of forbidden love in 1800s India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.
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An epic tale of an Englishman brought up as a Hindu during the time the British ruled India.

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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Cross ...  Ash 3 episodes, 1984
Amy Irving ...  Anjuli 3 episodes, 1984
Christopher Lee ...  Kaka-ji Rao 3 episodes, 1984
Robert Hardy ...  The Commandant 3 episodes, 1984
Rossano Brazzi ...  The Rana of Bhithor 3 episodes, 1984
Saeed Jaffrey ...  Biju Ram 3 episodes, 1984
Sneh Gupta ...  Shushila 3 episodes, 1984
Omar Sharif ...  Koda Dad 3 episodes, 1984
Shayur Mehta Shayur Mehta ...  Prince Jhoti 3 episodes, 1984
Parikshat Sahni ...  Mulraj 3 episodes, 1984
Benedict Taylor ...  Wally 2 episodes, 1984
John Gielgud ...  Cavagnari 2 episodes, 1984
Jennifer Kendal ...  Mrs. Viccary 2 episodes, 1984
Felicity Dean ...  Belinda Harlowe 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Arne ...  The General 2 episodes, 1984
Caterina Boratto ...  Mrs. Chiverton 2 episodes, 1984
Michael Cochrane ...  Crimpley 2 episodes, 1984
Rupert Everett ...  George Garforth 2 episodes, 1984
John Forbes-Robertson ...  Squadron Commander 2 episodes, 1984
Clive Francis ...  Kelly 2 episodes, 1984
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Wigram Battye 2 episodes, 1984
William Gaunt ...  Commissioner 2 episodes, 1984
Tanveer Ghani ...  Gul Baz / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Constantine Gregory ...  Porson 2 episodes, 1984
Art Malik ...  Zarin 2 episodes, 1984
Michael Malnick Michael Malnick ...  Podmore-Smythe 2 episodes, 1984
Mary Peach ...  Mrs. Harlowe 2 episodes, 1984
Anthony Sharp ...  Chiverton 2 episodes, 1984
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ...  Raikes 2 episodes, 1984
James Snell James Snell ...  Ponsonby 2 episodes, 1984
Goga Kapoor ...  Diwan 2 episodes, 1984
Vinod Nagpal ...  Gobind Dass 2 episodes, 1984
Ravi Behl Ravi Behl ...  Prince Nandu 2 episodes, 1984
Master Ravi Master Ravi ...  Prince Lalji 2 episodes, 1984
Rama Vij Rama Vij ...  Geeta 2 episodes, 1984
Bharati Devi Bharati Devi ...  Unpora Bai 2 episodes, 1984
Bhushan Tiwari Bhushan Tiwari ...  Manilal 2 episodes, 1984
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ...  Promila Devi 2 episodes, 1984
Jonie Sethi Jonie Sethi ...  Sita 2 episodes, 1984
Ajit Singh Ajit Singh ...  Awal Shah 2 episodes, 1984
Tej Sapru ...  Afzal 2 episodes, 1984
Soltan Lalani Soltan Lalani ...  Mr. Singh 2 episodes, 1984
Jay Devi Jay Devi ...  Dilasah Khan 2 episodes, 1984
Ojah Maharaj Ojah Maharaj ...  Senior NCO 2 episodes, 1984
Kamran Kamran ...  Head Mullah 2 episodes, 1984
Iqbal Jamal Iqbal Jamal ...  Tally Clerk 2 episodes, 1984
Sudhir ...  Jemadar Jewand Singh 2 episodes, 1984
Gaul Hassan Gaul Hassan ...  Daud Shah 2 episodes, 1984
Colonel Kappor Colonel Kappor ...  Head Tribesman 2 episodes, 1984
Tony Jordan Tony Jordan ...  Ash aged 11 2 episodes, 1984
Dilip Singh Dilip Singh ...  Ash aged 4 2 episodes, 1984
Kristina Lesho Kristina Lesho ...  Anjuli aged 5 2 episodes, 1984
Prerna Prerna ...  Nautch Girl 2 episodes, 1984
David de Keyser David de Keyser ...  The Rana 2 episodes, 1984
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HBO's first mini-series, set in 19th century British colonial India, involves war battles, love, treachery and intrigue as well as love and honor involving a romance between a British cavalry officer and an Indian princess who has been promised in an arranged marriage to a despotic ruler. Written by Anonymous

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The 'Gone With The Wind' of the north-west frontier of India.

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Drama | History | Romance

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English

Release Date:

3 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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Blade of Steel See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rossano Brazzi was dubbed by David de Keyser. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video incurred 12 seconds of BBFC cuts. The newer 1998 VHS and DVD versions required a 1 second BBFC cut to remove an illegal horse fall. See more »

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Great romantic miniseries
13 October 2004 | by stiericSee all my reviews

I saw this one on television shortly after it was made, in the 80s, and I was happily surprised when it appeared on DVD. Like the book, the series doesn't have any deeply intellectual hidden layers (as far as I know), but it's a quality product in its kind and a great romantic story with some action too. The English are played by top English actors and the Subcontintent people by Indians or people who could more or less pass of for them, which is a nice change if you're used to seeing ancient Greeks or early Christians played by surf dudes. The odd one out seems to be blue-eyed Amy Irving as the Indian Princess Anjuli, but if you pay attention, you'll know she's supposed to be half-Russian in the series and she looks splendid in a saree anyway. Looking at British costume-dramas I often get the feeling that they enjoy making them even if it's only for the fun of walking up and down a muddy street in a silly 19th-century costume, and this movie has some of the same gusto. Throw in the breathtaking Rajastan scenery and you have a feast for the eyes.

The Far Pavillions is not a series cut down in size to get a movie, but a miniseries, period. Like India itself, it takes its time. Don't expect to sit through it in one evening but relax, settle down with a chai or a whisky and who knows, you might find yourself watching the end credits at 3 AM anyway.


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