Thursday, 4 November 2010
It gets only better as Avinash gradually starts following the path that he had so far battled against. He puts all his ideals in the backburner as soon as he gets the first taste of lucre. The man who once penned two brilliant lines (Maana ki main majboor hoon, laachar nahin hoon, insaan hoon, bikne ko main tayyar nahin hoon) under extreme exasperation kills the idealist in him to run after money. For that he slays the honest soul in him, bribes when required and even resorts to cheap and vulgar means to earn money. But then, like all romantic films, no matter how realistic they are, this too ends on a happy note, with the blinkers raised from Avinash's eyes just on time. A bit of introspection and the bitter thought of separation from Gita eggs Avinash to realise that he is in fact following the wrong path, directed towards self-destruction as well as damage of the cultural thread of society.
Avinash is not a poor man, he reveals later in the film. But he chose to make it the hard way by being honest. And this is what attracts Gita. Even when he relinquishes his ideals for some easy money, he does so for Gita and their child. What man would not love to live in a spacious apartment? He loves Gita all the time, even when he is relentlessly running after money.
Yes, Avinash does some wrongs also. He sells his soul very fast to commercialism. He is a smart man and Satish uses his acumen to full extent. But Gita should have warned him right at the start to avoid the bitterness from creeping in. I find it a misjudgment on the part of Gita to wait till the last to give a piece of her mind to Avinash. But then the film would have not been if she would have done so...
I liked Saath Saath for its unique treatment and the portrayal of such real emotions. The songs are good especially Tumko dekha to, Yeh tera ghar and Kyun zindagi ki raah mein. The latter one is especially significant because of the hidden taunts that Gita directs towards her materialistic husband. And Chitra Singh's rendition is great. Jagjit Singh too, does a fine job. I love the sweetness of Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar, especially how the director captures how the two grow accustomed to each other are share cozy moments.
But there are flaws too in this 1982 gem. Why is so much time wasted on Avinash's college friends and the self-absorbed gossip monger of a teacher? Neena Gupta is absolutely irritating. Avtar Gill is redundant. Rakesh Bedi and Iftekar are wasted. Satish Shah gets to do a different role though. I also find it amusing that all the friends are called by their real names in the film, portions of which at times look raw and patchy.
But the film stays memorable because of Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval, who are so easy to connect with as Avinash and Gita. Shaikh is fabulous in his complexity and Naval is superb in her simplicity. I love the scene where she retorts sharply to the teacher to mind her own business and concentrate on finishing the course. Here is a girl who knows her mind and is faithful to her convictions. She is not ready to sacrifice her self esteem and will not tolerate her dear ones to follow the wrong route, too.