Friday, 27 August 2010
Raju (Anand) comes to pick Pushpa (Nutan) when she arrives from Ambala to Simla to spend some time with the Mehta family. KN Singh plays the domineering patriarch who is absolutely against Raju's inclination towards music. He had sent Raju to England to study business but the young man realised that his true calling was in modern music. This angers his father who sees this useless hobby as a harbinger of bad times for his wayward son. Raju's mother and sister Shobha (Achla Sachdev) are the only ones in the rich household who understand Raju and his aspirations. But they are silenced by the martinet father.
In comes Pushpa, Raju's childhood sweetheart who eggs him on to pursue a career in what he loves best, music. Day in and day out Raju is insulted and slighted for his music, yet he is adamant that he will not join his father's business. He wants to set up a career in music and for that he wants to go to Bombay. Depressed and alone, Raju submerges his sorrows and anxieties in alcohol every evening. But Pushpa's intervention slowly shows him light.
Meanwhile a local lout swindle Raju off his money, after he reaches Bombay. Shankar, a paan seller comes to his rescue and offers Raju accomodation and monetary help. Raju runs from pillar to post to find a job. After struggling for many days, he is noticed by Titli, the young female singer reigning in Bombay movie studios. She takes him to Shah (David) who promises him work. Gradually Raju attains success when he is chosen to be the music director in two upcoming films.
Obliged by Titli's help, Raju sees her as a dear friend and is pleased to have her as his guest most evenings. But Titli has fallen in love with him and grudges his affection for Pushpa. She plays nasty tricks so that the lovers are distanced and Pushpa is made to believe that Raju has married Titli, a woman of disrepute.
Even Pushpa is not happy as she just cannot forgive Raju. But, as situations unfold, the two meet after a few months in Bombay and then starts the blame game. Pushpa is sad to see Raju's state and Raju is angry because Pushpa played with his heart. In the scene where both of them quarrel and point fingers at each other, I almost feel like knocking their heads against each other to make them see some sense. Irritated by the irrationality of both the leads, I kept at it because I really wanted to know what happens in the end. Does Raju really unite with Pushpa?
Dev Anand, as I said, was different here. He acts pretty well. Only that his brooding avatar is too much to take. You get to see him in a drunken stupor so much that it just might get on your nerves. I'm more used to seeing this dashing hero prancing his way around and in command of the situation. But here, Anand is busy brooding his way to doom. Astonishing that the music director who spends most of his waking hours sozzled, is able to create stunning music!
The film deftly deals with the battle against tradition and modernity. While Raju wants to break away from tradition to pursue a career in music, his near and dear ones scoff at his choice. No one understands that he'd better follow the call of his heart rather than be mediocre in something he does not love. It takes plenty of trials, tribulations, misunderstandings and heartburns to drive home the point that Raju was not wrong in making his wishes known to the world and treading an unconventional path.
SD Burman's music is good. I love the romantic duets Dil to hain diwana na (Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhonsle), Yeh chand aur main aur tu (Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt) and Chupke se miley pyase pyase.