Arth

Mahesh Bhatt’s seminal classic “Arth” (1982) starring Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raj Kiran, Rohini Hattangadi among others.

Beautifully made movie of a woman seeking her own identity after her husband leaves her for another woman, finds disillusionment there and comes back to her. Superbly written script with world class music by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh and some couple of lovely melodious songs sung by Jagjit Singh himself.

Its a dream of an acting cast with Shabana, Smita together in the same movie. Both of these women were great actors in that 80s era when movies were still good with lot of solid content, dialogues with solid punch, good music, and great acting, of course. Shabana and Rohini as the maid of hers, steal the show with their superlative performances. It was a visual delight to watch them act and emote. Nobody could have done better than these two. It was brilliance personified.

Smita did not have much role in the movie, but whatever little she has shined in that. Raj Kiran was another fine gifted actor, who is missing these days, purportedly not found by his family members also for so many years.

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