Friday, 14 January 2011
Many. Just see the films in isolation. Stop dissecting and bisecting it for cinematic details. Go with the flow of the story and enjoy the thrilling roller coaster ride. Every film is unique, every story is cute and every bit of laughter is worth it.
Ramprasad (Amol Palekar) works for Bhawani Shankar (Utpal Dutt) a man prone to superstition. He regularly visits an astrologer (Om Prakash is a tiny yet cheeky role), who instructs, or rather misleads him into functioning in certain ways as per his stars. Thus Bhawani Shankar is led to feel that he should get married again at this ripe age for the betterment of his business and family.
Amol Palekar is best suited for this role. He looks unassuming for he is supposed to look so. No handsome hunk for Mukherjee's Ramprasad. He needs to dress in original khadi, carry a cloth jhola, do plenty of running around to cover goof-ups, be there when it is most important and romance subtly. No singing and dancing around trees, just quiet words of assurance to the damsel in distress that he will be there to save her from extremities. I love the scenes where he plays to the tune of Bhawani Shankar as well as sticks to his own formulas. Love his expressions when his boss gives his those meagre increments. Love him when he asks Kusi to playact a bit more. She is scared stiff but she knows that he will be there in the nick of time. Love his face as he regales in Kusi's declaration of love as she sings Humein raaston ki zaroorat nahin hain (Asha Bhonsle's voice is like honey). Last but not the least I love the penultimate scene where he tries to pull off a emotional blackmail before Bhawani Shankar. He knows that his boss is almost falling in the trap. For, Ramprasad's ploys are too perfect to evade!
Swaroop Sampat is a pretty inclusion in the film. I cannot say she is as good an actor as Vidya Sinha or Bindiya Goswami. But in her role, she does what is required. She looks lovely in the song Mere angnaa aaye re (RD Burman's music is fantastic). Well, that's what she is required to do. Wish she was more expressive...
And now the master performer called Utpal Dutt... He's immaculate, spot on, bold, experimentative, goofy, robust and sheer magic. Do I need to say anything more?