The distance is a crawl, and a sapping one at that. Daily commuters from Noida to Gurgaon will relate to the grief I go through during such occasion arises. But, thank heavens for FM radio, which makes the journey a wee bit pleasant.
The moment I got into the car Lata Mangeshkar's Aeri pawan dhunde kise tera mann transformed me into a reverie. It's such a beautiful song. After enjoying the rendition, I quickly googled the song, traced the film and after reading the gist was piqued to watch it. All I can say is that I did not live to regret the decision.
Dr Sudhir Roy, a child specialist, and Dr Prashant Chaturvedi (Vinod Mehra), a gynecologist, have been brought up by an advocate. Sudhir never ignores the fact that the rich advocate saved him from a deplorable life by adopting him and giving him a steady upbringing and education. For that he remains forever indebted. Hence, when it comes to abdicating the woman who he is attracted to for the sake of his foster brother, he doesn't waste a moment before making the sacrifice. Even though he can gauge that Kavita (Rakhee) might be more keen to marry him, he owns up his murky past to dissuade her. But more importantly he implores her to marry Prashant because that would make him happy.
But this is no man to harbour a wounded heart. He immediately jumps back into a happy state because his family is happy. He starts calling his sister-in-law sakhi and forges a unique bond with her... a bond of friendship, love and trust. That is why probably, no matter what, sakhi reaches out to him in times of distress.
Even when Prashant has committed a heinous crime, Sudhir is the way out. And, he never stops from doing his duty... Because he remembers how Prashant's father had given him a purpose to live... when the floodgates of hell were closing in on him...
This is not a typical Hrishikesh Mukherjee kind of film but I guess that is what made it such a pleasant surprise. The subjects are rather grim and serious here, though the execution isn't too dark. The director has dealt with heartbreak, depression and crimes such as abortion without too much pontification. If you were to ask me, the editor could have tightened the Ruby Dutt subplot but then perhaps it was retained to up the intrigue factor about Sudhir's personality. Whether he's at all capable of cold-blooded revenge or will be let sane judgement overcome a vindictive strike...
The music of the film, crafted by RD Burman, is quite good, especially the aforementioned song. It is