Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Do Anjaane

I happened to catch this movie on VCD one day at campus. This was a movie I had seen ages ago and hence decided to give it another watch. All in all, it was a decent experience.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha play husband and wife, who both want different things from life. He wants family, social acceptance and a steady career while she wants to be a dancing phenomenon, a star. Since the husband feels guilty about having squashed his talented wife's starry dreams, the poor fellow has to loan funds from office to pay for his wife's lavish tastes. In the meanwhile they both dream of making it big someday, albeit in their own ways. In the midst of all this enters the husband's rich spoilt friend, played by Prem Chopra. He immediately falls for his friends wife and showers money and gifts on her. He also reintroduces her to the world of dance. The proximity between them grows. Of course, the husband dissapproves of this and confronts his friend, who promptly throws him off a running train. However, Hindi film heroes can never die before the climax and hence our man survives, only to lose his memory and be adopted by an indrustrialist (Pradeep Kumar) who believes him to be his long lost son.
Six years pass by, when in a minor accident our hero regains his memory and realises that he has a past (unfaithful wife, chocolate deprived son, et all) and vows revenge. He finds out that his wife is now a big star in Bengali cinema and that she has made it big with the help of his two-timing friend. With the help of a film director, Utpal Dutt, he sets out to destroy his friend and reclaim his neglected son.
A good movie to watch on a lazy sunday afternoon, when you have nothing better to do. It has good performances from the lead pair, Amitabh and Rekha. You can see the magic in the scenes they have together. This movie is also significant in regards to the fact that it has Mithun Chakravarty, in one of his first screen apprearances, playing an extra, the 'mohalle ka gunda' . Clearly, Utpal Dutt's potrayal of a scotch loving Bengali film director with a limited Hindi vocabulary has to go down as his second funniest performance in a Hindi movie after Golmaal. The music by Kalyanji Anandji is non to speak of.

A slice of typical 70's Bollywood. Enjoyable fare.




Cogito said...

Seems a very "unlike" AB movie of the 70's ..Perhaps I should see it for Utpal Dutt ..

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

True. No angry young man lines here. Also perhaps Bachchan's best drunk scene.