Monday, 1 November 2010
Waqt, Yash Chopra's pathbreaking multi-starrer has always competed with my favourite film Teesri Manzil to garner the top spot in my celluloid crazy heart. Fact is, there have been times when I found it almost nudging over the Shammi Kapoor thriller from the tip. With its taut storyline, cinematography steeped in style and colour and fantastic direction, Waqt surely deserves all the acclaim it has won. But, Shammi Kapoor will be Shammi Kapoor...
Saying that, I must ensure that Waqt is a crackling piece of cinematic effort. Its dramatic story is played out with so many twists and turns that there is no boring moment ever. Okay, the title track might lull you a bit (I was never a fan of Mahendra Kapoor) but then it is an important aspect of the script. Telling all that man is but a puny plaything in the hands of Nature, it shows how Lala Kedarnath is belittled by God for thinking himself to be the master of his own fate. The transition of the happy family riding on the Lala's success and riches to sad separated souls bereft of the joys of a comfortable living becomes evident through this track.
Then there are the smashing dialogues, they are the soul of the film. Every line is related to each other and heavy with innuendos. Raja's smart retorts to Chinoy Seth, his conversation with Ravi and Meena, Vijay's verbal exchanges with Renu and so on and so forth. Here I'd love to believe that the best lines are reserved for Raja. His appeal lie in those sharp and clever lines, without which his swagger would lose the roguish charm. And yes, there's the gritty approach of Ravi in the court. The last 15 minutes attain an absolutely nail-biting character due to the fast paced and flamboyant interrogations by this gifted lawyer.
Rahman is devious but a man in command. Stylish with his coats and tiepins, he know when to play his cards. Madan Puri is is okay in the role of the hotheaded Balbir.