Thursday, 26 August 2010
Everytime I looked at Poonam Dhillon, I felt that it is her pristine beauty that would be her nemesis. Everytime I smiled at the innocent romance of Noorie and Yusuf, I was scared that their love would never experience the joy of marital bliss.
But, I kept expecting miracles to happen. Even when the debauched Bashir Khan spots Noorie and wants to conquer her, I pray that the devil will not ravage his prey. But something about this 1979 film screams tragedy. When you have director Manmohan Krishna at the helm (the one who plays the storyteller), I think that is what you can expect. He turns a perfectly romantic drama into a tragedy without steam. He makes the film look like himself. Sad and sorry, just like his depressing eyes!
I thought Farooq Shaikh was a miscast. After having reveled in this talented actor's performances in Chashme Buddoor, Kisise na Kehna and Katha, I was expecting a lot from him. But apart from a few pleasant romantic sequences, some tragic scenes and the climactic action, Shaikh didn't have much to do. Yes, he looked charming as Yusuf, but that was about it. His character was not developed much. I wonder how Vijay Anand or Raj Khosla would have dealt with Yusuf's persona?
And, I wonder what these two directors, so well adept in handling thrillers, would have done with the denouement? For, Krishna's ending is too tepid and predictable. Devoid of twists, turns and excitement.
The best source of entertainment I believe, is Khairoo, the smart dog. Watch his antics and be floored. He drinks tea, goes to work with his master and protects Noorie responsibly. Note the scene where Ghulam Nabi is being buried and your heart will melt seeing the canine's reactions. I'd say this simple story gets its high points when Khairoo gets into action mode and ensures justice. Little wonder then that he is shown as the hero who plots revenge so that the evil Bashir Khan gets his rightful due...