There are quite a few movies made world over, there are pathetic movies, then we also have the good and the average movies, a limited number are given the standing ovation but then there a few movies which you can count on your fingers which make it to the list of your favourite”st” movies ever and recently I found another movie which took that no from 5 to 6 and the movie is “Masoom”, a classic from 1983 by none other than Shekhar Kapoor. I have one little problem, I generally don’t fancy very highly rated movies that much, that’s why if somebody swears by “Shawshank Redemption”, I start comparing it with “God sees the Truth but waits” (a story in our class X English book by none other than Leo Tolstoy) and get disappointed. Somebody talks about Forrest Gump, I can only remember the TT scene in the movie and a guy who keeps running and running and then comes the big daddy Godfather, thinking of which I can just think of a guy whose voice no normal human can make out. Agree that these are all good (or great) movies but unfortunately they didn’t touch me. That’s why I was quite pleased to enjoy a movie which is highly rated in bollywood.

Basically a senti movie about the dilemma of a guy & his family who has to take his illegitimate son into his well established family when the mother of the boy dies while already having two daughters from his wife. The picture shows the emotional turmoil which the family and the kid goes through just because of a mistake committed by the father. The story is not much to tell of, not a new innovation must have been told quite a few times, I remember seeing another Hindi movie with almost the same theme but it is, the way the story is told which makes THE Difference.

We have two of the most seasoned actors in bollywood, namely Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi playing the lead roles so the acting had to be good and there is no doubt it is good and very real, not at one time in the movie would you feel that this is not a couple which you will encounter in real life as your neighbours. Full credit to these two actors but the surprise package of the movie is the acting by the two kids, Urmila Matondkar and Jugal Hansraj, using the term wonderful for the kids would be just an understatement, Urmila’s facial expressions made me wonder at times if kids this young understood emotions as much as we do and ofcourse Jugal Hansraj with his beautiful eyes which are almost always filled with sadness, except when playing with the girls also does a commendable job.

But, Shabani Azmi easily steals the show with a power packed performance of a woman torn between the hatred for the offspring of the “other woman” and the love and sympathy for a kid who needed her love and support. The best scenes of the movie are also the ones featuring her, whether it be her displaying her anger against her husband in a typical Indian wife manner, having to adapt to her husband’s infidelity. The best scene in the movie for me in the movie is the one when the kid Rahul says “Sorry Aunty” after he ran away from home and the one where she learns that the boy knows about his father.

When you talk of this movie, you can’t forget the music, Lakdi ki Kathi is still one of the most popular kid songs, even after 25 years and you would be hard pressed to find a soul who hasn’t heard the song “Huzoor is kadar bhi na itra ke chaliye” but the song of the movie is ofcourse “Tujhse Naraz nahin hoon zindagi“, one of the most haunting music ever made, the female version of the song can bring tears to your eyes if you (which reminds me, I don’t have the female version of the song, if you have it then please email me at himanksharma[at]gmail[dot]com)

One of the most memorable line of the movie (copied from imdb)

Rahul: [Rahul has accidentaly smashed his finger with the hammer and has run to Indu for a bandage]
Rahul: Mummy!
Indu: [completely shocked and dropping the knife she had in her hand] MAIN TUMHARI MUMMY NAHIN HOON!

You just have to see the movie once to savour the magic of one of the best bollywod movie.

I was very disheartened to note that Shabana Azmi didn’t get the Filmfare award for this movie (though she won it for Arth that year). And I have to admit, I found Shabani Azmi very very attractive in the movie(pagare should be pleased to hear this 🙂 ), there is some charm in the sheer Indianness of her appearance which appeals more than some hot bod sporting a bikini.

Song of the Day:- Tujhse naraz nahin Zindagi

PS1:- 2 posts in a day, though will publish it tomorrow may be 🙂
PS2:- Will try to return back to regular blogging, have a huge backlog!! 😦
PS3:- Obama wins in US, Test match starting tomorrow, pretty interesting stuff this.
PS4:- I know I am gonna be flamed for naming three of the biggest movies ever… 😐


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