Friday, 31 December 2010
Then you have the charm of Asha Parekh and her lithe dances. As Gomti, she is a charming village belle who is innocent and naughty, but determined to not marry anyone else but the person she loves. She is a perfect foil to Guru Dutt's Bansi, who at times looks a bit goofy and unassuming. And yes, she does cover up for his two left feet. Guru Dutt is as bad a dancer as Asha Parekh is good. So, in the dance sequences she more than makes up for the lack of rhythm in her costar. Yes, K Shankar uses her grace to optimum use. Even in her charade as a young boy, she is sparkles. But then, I've always had faith in this talented woman...
Bharosa's story is very easy to understand. You will also know that in the end all the wicked parties will be punished and good will prevail over evil. It is the journey to the end that keeps one hooked.
Ramdas (Shivraj) is a well-to-do and trusting individual. When he suffers from consumption, he leaves his only child under the care of his helper Raunak Lal (Kanhaiyalal) to go for his treatment. Ramdas tells Raunak Lal to take care of the boy like his own child and even gives him a hefty amount for his boy's education. The father expresses his wish of making Bansi (the boy) a doctor to Raunak Lal's wife, Laxmi. Saying this he leaves the three.
The moment the master is gone, Raunak shows his true colours. He takes his foster child and Laxmi and goes to his village. He uses the money to buy a house and in the education of his own son, Deepak. Bansi is never cared for and is made to do all the menial jobs in the house. The only person who loves himis Laxmi. Bansi grows up to be a very unassuming and quiet lad, always apprehensive of his father. He loves his parents but cannot understand why they treat him in this lackadaisical manner. He is a hardworking farmer, while Raunak makes Deepak (Sudesh Kumar) a doctor. But Deepak is hardly a doctor. He too has fooled his parents and squandered all the money that his father put into his education. In short, he has learnt well from his cunning father.
So now almost everyone is a mess courtesy Raunak Lal's tricks, the drama shifts to the urban sphere. Here there is more drama, but of a different proportion. The fun only multiplies with the introduction of Shobha Khote (she plays a unique double role and is called Double Roti) and Mehmood... They share an awesome chemistry as lovebirds.
The entire cast of this 1963 film is crackling. Om Prakash is fabulous, as is Nana Palsikar. Mehmood is funny and Shubha Khote is pretty. Lalita Pawar (Dhanno) is a miscast for her histrionic capacities are hardly exploited. Guru Dutt plays his part pretty well. He is supposed to be the good natured son and till the end he retains his holier-than-thou avatar.
It is Asha Parekh who manages to stand out in the crowd. She displays a range of emotions. Is funny, dramatic, lovable and quite attractive. In the song Woh dil Kahaan se lau, she does look grief stricken at being away from her lover. And in the garb of a young boy at Double Roti's restaurant she looks really innocent and very, very young.