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Tuesday At The Movies: It’s an All Hindi Ensemble

Back to the list of movies I watched last month. Here’s four more old Hindi movies I watched. It’s been such fun discovering some of these films.

 

Itni si baat


 
Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch!!
Release: 28 May 1981 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 2:03:02
Director: Madhu M.
Actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Arun Govil, Tamanna, Urmila Bhatt, Dinesh Hingoo

 

 

A movie about role reversal and dignity of labour, Itni si Baat starts off with the story of Raja meeting Asha and falling in love. They get married and have two children as the years roll by. As the family grows Raja’s income starts to run out and Asha’s work load increases.

Neither understand the others challenges and constraints and fights keep breaking out. Then a challenge gets thrown. Asha decides to take up a job and show she can earn more than Raja. Raja in turn wants to show he can run the house better. Both learn a lesson the hard way.

 

Namkeen

Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch
Release: 1982 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 112 min
Director: Gulzar
Actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Kiran Virale, Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman, Ram Mohanan, T P Jain, Kamal Deep
Music: R. D. Burman
Cinematography: M. Sampat
Editing: Waman B. Bhosle, Gurudutt Shirali

 

Gerulal a trucker takes up a room is the dilapidated house of Jugni. Jugni and her three daughters if marriageable age work hard to make a living. Slowly Gerulal gets to know the family and falls in love with the eldest sister Mimki.

Then suddenly he gets called away and does not return for months until he accidentally bumps into Chinki the youngest in a dancing troop. He returns to find that everything has changed for the family. Waheeda’s acting stood out for me!

 

Mera Biwi ki Shaadi


 
Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch
Release: 1979 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 2:04:04
Director: Rajat Rakshit
Actors: Amol Palekar, Ranjeeta Kaur, Ashok Saraf, Nilu Phule, Master Raju
Music: Usha Khanna

 

 

 
Not hilarious but funny at a different level this movie is about a guy who is a hypochondriac. Coincidences lead Bhagawant to believe he has a heart condition that will kill him in 3 months. Worried about his wife and what will happen to her after he’s gone, causes him to try and find her a new husband.

At this time an old friend of hers makes entry and Bhagawant tries in many ways to bring them together. His constant conspiracies leads his wife to believe he is cheating on her. All of this leads to many comical situations between husband and wife before the truth comes out.

 

Neel Kamal


 
Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch
Release: 1968 (India)
Running Time: 160 min
Language: Hindi
Director: Ram Maheshwari
Actors: Waheeda Rehman, Raaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Lalita Pawar
Music: Ravi
Cinematography: Fali Mistry

 

 

This is one of Doordarshan and my favourite movies, I’ve watched it so many times on Doordarshan. 😀 This movie is about a spirit that has left the world because of an incomplete love story. For daring to love a princess, an artist is buried alive. Almost a century later the princess is reborn and the spirit awakens to try and find his love again.

The movie mostly explores the unseen and unbelievable – it starts with the disclaimer that for those who believe proof is not necessary and for those who don’t no proof is enough. Looking at the movie with today’s context though makes many more things pop. The portrayal of women, the mistrust of husbands, the classic Cinderella story, these things and more got me thinking as I watched. Maybe a more detailed post is need soon. :)

 

Got 4 more movies to share next week before starting out with the  May list. A couple of interesting ones coming up next week. What have you been watching?

 
P.S. – Day Fifteen of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

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