How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

Location: India

Monday, July 25, 2005


After the CorVal setback, I decided to watch a film, and watched this 1986 Gulzar film with Samrat. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha and Anuradha Patel, this is a superb film. We were both quite engrossed in the flow of the story, and the typical, complex Gulzar-esque imagery in the dialogues and the songs.

The story is about Mahendra (Shah), an advertising professional, whose life is torn between Maya (Patel), whom he loves, and Sudha (Rekha), who becomes his wife and whom he comes to love. The story begins with Mahendra and Sudha meeting after 5 years of their divorce, both stranded in a waiting room of a remote railway station for a night. The film keeps switching between the current and flashback modes, as we get to learn how Mahendra's life becomes complicated with a loving wife and a bohemian, and very childish, Maya. On the same day, both leave him - Maya on a whim, and Sudha on a decision. Mahendra is shocked by the turn of events, as he had been honest with Sudha almost till the end. For the rest of the story, it would be better to watch the movie. The end is poignant.

Naseer is quite superb, as always. The simple ease with which he enters the skin of the character is to be seen to be believed. Rekha is also quite impressive in a very staid role, and does all the difficult scenes well. Gulzar's touch is all over the place, as he does the script, screenplay, dialogues, lyrics, and direction. The dialogues are quite witty at many places and Maya's dialogues and poetry quite complex (though it is composed of images from everyday life). The outdoor shooting was done in lush green Kudremukh (which brings back memories), and Ashok Mehta's cinematography is pleasing. The music is quite good, all songs being sung by Asha Bhosle. Full credit to R. D. Burman for setting lyrics like 'meraa kuchh saamaan', 'kataraa kataraa milatii hai' and 'khaalii haath shaam aayi hai' to good tunes. In 'Aandhi', the lyrics were extremely pertinent to the film (this deserves an entire post), and that happens with the lyrics here too. Let's call it Gulzar's integrated approach :).

Added later:
I forgot to mention the guest appearances of the Kapoor brothers. Shammi appears as Naseer's grandfather - orthodox in general, yet quite understanding of the beliefs of the younger generation. He does a great job, in my opinion. Shashi, appearing very handsome flashing his toothy grin that has remained constant since the days of 'Awaara', comes right at the end, for about the last ten minutes.


Anonymous Naresh Mankad said...

An important department in this film deserves special mention: Photography. It has picture postcard quality at places.

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