Everything is absolutely OTT about this Chander Vohra film. The plot is not bad but the execution and performances are so, so melodramatic. This 1970 film was adjudged the best film of the year by Filmfare. Maybe, those were the times when soppy tales attracted the audience as well as the jury. I don't mind such tales either provided the performances are good. And here, the acting is quite good I must say.
Chand is seen as a fallen woman by everyone but slowly she is able to bring a semblance of sanity in Vijay's behaviour and some of the members of the family start respecting her. But on one fateful day, as luck would have it (or should I say as melodrama would have it), Vijay, in a fit rapes Chand. However, he is swept with remorse immediately after and Chand forgives him!!! Love, you see...
But throughout there is one person who believes Chand. That is Mohan (Jeetendra in a special role), Vijay's younger brother who also falls for Chand. When Chand realises that he is sympathetic to her condition, she tells him that she is carrying Vijay's child in her womb (remember he had raped her once!!! Man how fertile!!!). Though Mohan is distraught (it means he cannot pursue her anymore, he comes back in the end when everyone, including Vijay (who is no more mad), rubbishes her claim.
In terms of performance, this is not how I'd like Sanjeev Kumar. I'd rather have him play those intellectual and restrained parts that he plays so well. Here he looks superbly funny as the lunatic Vijay whose mannerisms and actions are laughter inducing. He looks like an over grown and spoilt baby who is cribbing for things he did not get. But then I guess Kumar was toying with more commercial roles that time.
Durga Khote, Ramesh Deo, Jagdeep, Brahm Bharadwaj and Shatrughan Sinha were all apt. Sinha seriously looks like a leech who can do anything to bed a woman.