Basu Chatterjee's 1979 Manzil has Amitabh Bachchan playing Ajay Chandra, a struggling young man who wants to start a business of scientific precision instruments. He hires a worker called Anokhelal (AK Hangal) who will buy spoiled galvanometers and repair them before delivering them to customers. I wonder why Ajay wants to start a business that is based on scrap. Anyways, to each his own. He invests some money in the business, mostly that of his mother's savings and buys a small office space. His planning would have won accolades if not for some glaring mistakes he makes. He trusts Anokhelal with almost everything, who is poor enough to get swayed by another mean middleman. Ajay is duped by Anokhelal in the process and learns the hard lesson. One would say, hearing this bit, Ajay merely learns the rules of business this way. But my point is not that. I have problems with how Ajay conducts his business and himself.
I also have objections on his dealings with Aruna (Moushumi Chatterjee). He woos her with white lies from
Even in the end when the legal case against Ajay is withdrawn, how easily Barrister Khosla (Satyendra Kappoo) forgives him. Aruna is beaming. Is it so easy to accept a liar as your son-in-law? Just one finished consignment wins the Barrister's heart? Too flawed is the narrative...
Also, how come Ajay's mother (Lalita Pawar completely wasted in this nondescript role) suddenly starts supporting her son's wishes when all the time she has reservations against his doing business? Initially she
My biggest problem was with Ajay's behaviour with his friend Prakash Mariwalla (Rakesh Pandey). He just
Manzil's characterisation disappointed me. Though Amitabh Bachchan gave an effortless performance and was convincing as Ajay, it was his very persona that left a bad taste in my mouth.
Moushumi Chatterjee is a lovely looking girl but I wonder why she did not work on her Hindi diction? It really bogged down her nice performance of a rich, dreamy eyed girl floating in love.