Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Kusum's character becomes even more attractive when it is juxtaposed against Brindavan. This 1975 love story is an unusual story set in a rustic backdrop. With a whiff of the soil, the execution is supremely subtle and pleasing to the eye. No loud characters, no garish costumes and dialogues that we can relate to completely. An engaging tale, it is even more noteworthy for the melee of strong female characters and an absolutely unique plot. And of course RD Burman's fresh music.
Khote meets Kunj and tells him that Brindavan should get married to Kusum, who is still a spinster. This agitates Kusum, for she is irked by the fact that Brindavan's family is sort of, treating her with sympathy and not much of love or respect. The situation worsens when Khote hands over two gold bangles to Kusum as an engagement gift without telling her clearly that they are now happy about the marriage. Khote carelessly tells her that initially she had to act according to her husband's wishes and now she has to bend before her son's likes. This angers Kusum. She returns the bangles and cries before her dear friend Manorama (Farida Jalal) that she is no beggar that Brindavan's family is giving her alms. They should not be treating her in such a nonchalant way. And moreover, Brindavan should be the one telling his mother that he wants Kusum as his wife, for he loves her, and not mere social service. In fact, he should not be leaving everything on the old lady.