What is awesome about this role of Rekha's is that she is the least bit apologetic about lying to everyone left, right and center. In fact, she boasts of this quality of hers and how it negates all sorts of misunderstandings and helps people from getting hurt. I say, if pathological liars need to exist in today's world, what fun it would be if are indeed like this Kalpana!
Every premise of Kalpana's lies is extremely funny. Like how she lies about her lost necklace to her family. She had only tried to help her poor friend Basanti by mortgaging it. BUt the way she makes a hue and cry about the lost good is rather funny. In fact, this is not a case of uproarious laughter. What Kalpana's actions induce is a chuckle and a warm sensation of the innate goodness of her soul.This girl can do anything to help others and to make all smile.
This handsome man in Kalpana's words looks like a Greek God, walks like Robert Redford, has a side-profile like Imran Khan and hair like Omar Sharif!! My, my, this girl is really smitten. And she is ready to go to any extent to win his affection. And win she does. In the most beautifully subtle and romantic way...
The music by Bappi Lahiri is superb. The title track has the necessary zing to it, Bas ek thodi si is naughty, Bhaga bhaga dush man bhaga has the whiff of disco. With Lahiri around that's a given. BUt the best song is Chanda dekhey chanda, a magnificent love ballad that speaks volumes about love, affection, bonding and togetherness. And the picturisation is so good. Anil Gupta through his song is professing his love to Kalpana and she is acknowledging it and returning the favour through her lines. Lovely, fresh and warm. What is even awesome is how they show Kamal's latent affection for Seema while the song is playing. Kishore Kumar sounds good but Lata Mangeshkar is on a different plane here. What is also noteworthy is how the tomboy changes into a shy young woman when she experiences love. She changes into Indian wear and even wears the bindi for that effeminate touch. Wonderfully done.
Another song is special, too. Ayaa jab se tu dil mein aya is that quintessential love ballad.
This 1985 film also has elements that is not very Mukherjee like. Elements of blood, chase and gore is put in to make the script spicier. Madan Puri plays a unique role as Professor uncle. Rasik Dave as Sunil Gupta looks good but is a green horn when it comes to acting. But otherwise the cast is fantastic. Well-rounded and appropriate. Considering that Mukherjee had a soft spot for Palekar it was a bit strange not seeing him as the lead hero.But then, Palekar is perfectly cast as Kamal and looks immaculate as the stern policeman and the loving elder brother.
Jhoothi is however Rekha's film. Free, spontaneous and effervescent, Rekha shows that she is the diva for no mean reason. Every act of her's is perfect, every scene is praiseworthy. Even when she is with a kid in the film, you cannot afford to miss a moment. She is the hero of this fantastic family fun film.