In Raj Kapoor’s Satyam Shivam
Sundaram, the heroine-Rupa (Zeenat Aman) is a temple singer one side
of whose face is scarred by a fire, defines the true concept of beauty
for all and sundry, specially her husband Rajiv (Shashi Kapoor, who
mistakenly believed in the lure of superficial gloss alone. Lata
Mangeshkar confesses that as she recorded ‘Bhor bhaye panghat pe,
Saiyyan nikas gaye main na ladi thi, Yashomati maiyya se bole nandlala and
Satyam shivam sundaram, etc, "I felt something strange
happening inside me. It is as if I went into a trance." And so did
the music lovers as they heard these songs.
A scene from Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Pati Patni Aur Woh provoked the audience to react to the perennial
social malaise — exploitation, blackmailing and harassment of women at
their place of work — the subject which other film makers dared not to
touch. Hats off to Sanjeev Kumar, who even in the negative role of a
flirtatious and flippant boss, was displayed excellent histrionics.
Ranjeeta as the harassed ‘victim’ won kudos for her performance.
Muzaffar Ali’s Gaman
was the story of an uneducated, landless young man (Farouque Shaikh)
working as a taxi driver in Bombay — and his nostalgia for his home in
a village where he left his wife — Smita Patil — who wilts and waits
for his infrequent letters and remittances, singing and sighing
‘Aap ki yaad aati rahi raat bhar..’
debut production Junoon was about the passionate but unrequited
love which the Pathan Javed Khan (Shashi Kapoor) has for an Anglo-Indian
girl Ruth Labadoor (Nafisa Ali). Although the film claimed to offer an
authentic depiction of the Mutiny, it sidestepped any engagement with
the first Indian War of Independence and opted for a colonial-sexual
fantasy. Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Jennifer Kendall Kapoor,
Naseeruddin Shah, Nafisa Ali came out with power-packed performance and
imbued majesty to mediocrity.
renounced the glitter, glamour, glory, glitz, gleam, grandeur, and gloss
of Tinsel town to join the Rajnish asharam in quest of spiritual
aggrandisement in this year.
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar — a multi-starrer bonanza — was a
love tale about misplaced affections. Amjad Khan loved Rekha, Rekha
loved Amitabh, Amitabh loved Rakhee and Rakhee loved and married Vinod
Khanna. The film was a blockbuster mainly for Amitabh Bachchans’
performance in the role of an individualistic ‘anarchist’ and Rekha’s
smouldering intensity as Zohra, a
- Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s Arvind
Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan portrayed the predicaments of Arvind Desai (Dilip
Dhawan) who was the only son of a rich business tycoon. Arvind is a very
harmless young man, not very different from his peers, but he has a
tendency to question the values of his class. His ideas lead him to
question the economic exploitation, inherent in his father’s business,
and he has a guilty conscience. Dilip Dhawan, Om Puri, Rohini Hattangadi
and Shriram Lagoo lived their roles to perfection.