Cast And Crew
The film looks at Zubeidaa (Karisma Kapoor), the daughter of a movie producer (Amrish Puri) and his docile wife (Surekha Sikri-Rege). Zubeidaa, interested in dancing, has her film career nipped in the bud by her father who of course will not have his daughter acting in films. He hastily arranges her marriage to the doctor son of one of his friends but the marriage ends in a divorce when her husband refuses to take a stand against his father leaving her with her infant son. Her father's mistress, a popular dancer in films, Rose (Lillette Dubey) who lives life the way she wants to gets Zubeidaa to go out in order to get her out of her depression and introduces her to Prince Vijayendra Singh of Fatehpur (Manoj Bajpai) who takes her as his second wife. But her mother only lets her go on the condition that the grandson is left behind with them. At Fatehpur, Vijayendra's first wife Mandira Devi (Rekha) inducts Zubeidaa into the suffocating world of royal duties. Vijayendra decides to contest the elections and wins but neglects Zubeidaa in the process. Feeling insecure, she forces her way into his private plane as he is leaving for Delhi at Mandira's expense and leaves with him. The plane crashes killing them both...years later her son Riyaz (Rajit Kapoor) now a film journalist sets out to piece together Zubeidaa's life by meeting the various people who knew her and trace the missing reel of the gypsy dance she had performed in Banjaran Ladki , her only film.
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