J Om Prakash's 1974 drama draws attention to the inanity of jealousy and insecurity. That a seed of baseless jealousy can ruin a perfectly happy settlement. What I also liked in the film is how the wife doesn't bother to grovel before her jealous husband trying to explain the truth but walks away with her head held high. The film has several positives. So, when towards the end, when everyone cries and sobs and wants Kamal to get some last respect and peace, it kind of irks me. Well, Kamal, you don't deserve it!
Small incidents like these keep happening before things take a drastic turn. At a party thrown by the newly-weds, Sunita refuses to sing. Even after Kamal cajols her she doesn't relent. But the moment Mohan draws her attention to the power of music she breaks into a beautiful song while he plays the sitar. This hurts Kamal badly. He gets sloshed and talks weirdly with Sunita and starts avoiding her. When Sunita tells Kamal to visit the club everyday after work so that he can meet his friends, he thinks she is doing so so that she can be alone with Mohan, who visits them often. One day, he even sees Mohan and Sunita share a heart laugh while he is away and obviously doubts the fidelity of his wife and friend. Stupid husband!
Kamal's ego is hurt and he sees this as a confirmation of his doubts. He slaps Mohan when he comes to meet them and even like a fool, insults Sunita's father when the old man tries to make him see some sense. Well these people should have noticed that this insensitive man is incapable of thinking right. He is insecure and jealous and nothing would make him see light.
Since Sunita loves Kamal, she is very pained when Kamal agrees to a divorce. Little does he know that she is pregnant with his child. I'd say, good he doesn't. He really doesn't deserve the happiness.
A quirk of fate however, makes Kamal see where he went wrong and he is swept by remorse. He goes to Sunita's father's house to ask for her forgiveness and is shattered to hear that she has remarried. What I can't fathom is how he has the guts to wonder why such a big punishment is being rendered to him for what he has done! Listen Mister, you doubt your wife over something that's sick and you expect people to just forgive you like that! Aren't you expecting too much? Trust is the basis of all relationships and you've managed to rattle that. So on what basis will Sunita go back to you again and how can she be sure that you won't repeat your mistake?
The music of the film is good. Well, you have RD Burman here, so that's a given. My favourite track is of course, Jai jai shiv shankar. And Ankhiya is also good.
Sanjeev Kumar in this itsy bitsy role is absolutely wasted. They should have opted for someone else. Sanjeev Kumar is too good an actor for this small supporting role. The comic interludes starring Kesto Mukherjee should have been cut out. They eat into the narrative.
Mumtaz is very good as Sunita. She looks a bit old in those westerns but in her performance she is top-notch. Especially when she lands a proverbial slap on Kamal's face by walking out on him, I feel like running and hugging her. Yes, her actions and expressions deserve an applause there...