Wednesday, 25 August 2010
A random Raj Kapoor search on Youtube introduced me to this one. The pairing of Raj Kapoor and Sadhana sounded quite intriguing and I was hooked.
Wouldn't Kapoor look way too old for the pretty, young Sadhana? I wanted to check that out for myself. And the story sounded likeable. Though, a tad patchy in some portions, Ravindra Dave's Dulha Dulhan unfolded as a pleasant tale. And, Agha made the venture more entertaining.
Anyway so Rekha, who is now called Chanda, regains her memory and goes off to Jaipur with her father. Distraught at losing his charming wife, Kumar loses his sleep and sense. Then one day, Bansi brings news that Rekha is actually Chanda and is a rich girl living in Jaipur. Not willing to bite dust about social differences (that a pauper like him won't be accepted by the landlord as his son-in-law), Kumar rushes off to Jaipur to bring home his darling wife. The rest of the film is about how Kumar and Rekha reunite.
There are some questions. When Kumar realises that the girl he brought home is not Rekha, why doesn't he go to the police station? Why does he keep believing this mysterious girl who has no sane answers to his questions? Why does he jeopardise his reputation for a girl who does not even know her own name? This seems wierd. Or maybe, Sadhana'a innocent disposition is too much for Kumar to handle. He loses his power of reasoning. And, also isn't it quite obvious for such unreasonable things to happen in Hindi films?
The ending of the film is incredible. No accident, no slaps, Chanda recalls everything that happened in the three months with a little egging by Kumar's neighbours. That is something hard to swallow!
Yes, Raj Kapoor hardly looks as delicious as he did in Awara, Chori Chori or say Barsaat! But, he was convincing as Raj Kumar, and sweet. Initially leading a typical bachelor life with his friend, he learns to be responsible when this woman storms into his life. And then, he is quite confident to win over her love for the second time again when fate has already taken her away from him. Though his characteristic Chaplinesque gait is back, his back is endearing and warm. It was a very different Raj Kapoor here.
Kalyanji-Anandji's score was tolerably good. You had some pleasing numbers such as Mujhey kehtey hain Kallu kawal, Bane to bane zamana dushman, Jo pyar tune mukhjo diya tha, Jumme ke raat ho and Humne tumse pyar kiya hain jitna (there are two versions by both Mangeshkar and Mukesh).
The comedy is done marvellously by Agha and it was quite pleasing to see him get so much screen space in the film. Everytime the plot became somewhat tedious (and predictable) Agha came to the rescue with his witty dialogues and street smart attitude...