Friday, 24 December 2010
Sometimes Deepa's character might look immature and unsteady, but then one has to notice that in fact Sanjay does try her patience on occasions more than one. And despite separating from Naveen (Dinesh Thakur) under acrimonious circumstances, this ad-film maker now is going out of his way helping her out. This makes Deepa's situation all the more difficult. A film that is so sensitive yet poignant in its depiction of a woman's thoughts, Rajnigandha, adapted from Manu Bhandari's Yehi Sach Hain, seriously leaves an indelible impression on my mind for reasons galore.
Firstly, I love how Chatterjee has chosen the most next-door people as his leads. Vidya Sinha, in her first screen role, looks like any pretty girl who in engaged to someone and waiting for the opportune moment to get married. She harbours dreams and aspirations like any other woman. She depicts her ire and exasperation at Sanjay's lack of responsibilities like any one of us. She dresses like the girl next door in pretty sarees, with her hair tied in a loose plait. She is soft and emotional. That is why she suffers from a heady dilemma as to whether to reveal to Naveen that she has buried her past and has moved on with Sanjay. But then when she sees that Naveen is helping her out, her previous love for him surfaces again. Can we call this love? Or is it a mistake on her part to recognise this very feeling? I would say that girls forget their first loves with lot of difficulty, especially when the end to that first love happens due to a silly reason. Perhaps Deepa wants Naveen to own up that he was the wrong party and still loves her. Perhaps she is not ready to accept that Naveen sees her as a friend now and has a life and world of his own where she is just an outsider. It takes an indifferent shunt from Naveen for Deepa to realise the truth of her life with Sanjay.
This lad is a loquacious and talkative soul, always bothered about his promotion. But then Sanjay wants this promotion so that he can marry Deepa, the woman he loves. He has never felt insecure with her, even after being aware that she is going to Bombay for a job interview. He knows that she might meet Naveen, her first love. But he is fully sure that Deepa loves him and is ready to let her be. It's awesome how he makes her laugh and admits his faults at the drop of a hat. Only if he were more punctual and a tad more sensitive towards the gal. But I have to admit that Amol Palekar is absolutely suited for Sanjay's role. He walks with the unassuming style of any man who is roughing it out in his office, yet has the charm to romance a pretty girl, to the envy of his colleagues. Great choice Mr Chatterjee for Sanjay's character.
The last bits are interesting. Deepa comes back to her Delhi home to be greeted by a bouquet of tuberoses in the vase, a sign of Sanjay's presence in her life. She is suffering because she does not know whom to choose as a life partner. She has not got any signal from Naveen so that she can let go of Sanjay. A letter from her friend Ira breaks her down emotionally and she realises that her future lies with Sanjay. Naveen has let her down again (he has written a very terse letter) as he did so many years ago when he broke up with her without even a sane explanation. He has humiliated her again. Perhaps, this is the time when she actually buries her past and embraces the promise of a happy life with Sanjay, the man who lends a beautiful fragrance to her life...