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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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Chashme Buddoor

Had a chance to revisit this delightful rip roaring comedy from Sai Paranjpe made in 1981 starring Farooque Shaikh, Ravi Baswani, Rakesh Bedi, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey among others.

They don’t make movies like these any more. This, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Chupke Chupke, Padosan are all genres mostly forgotten by today’s film makers. This is super light hearted comedy. Three friends share a room, one is studious, the other two are mostly interested in chasing girls and seeing dramas. Two of them Omi (Rakesh Bedi) and Jomo (Ravi Baswani) spy a girl in the neighbourhood, both chase her with shameful results.

Later Neha (Deepti Naval in a beautiful role) knocks on Sidharth (Farooque Shaikh) door to sell washing powder. They fall in love unknown to both Omi and Jomo. Meanwhile spate of kidnappings is taking place in the city for which the police have no clue whatsoever. Sidharth gets a job in a firm.

Misunderstanding strikes between the friends and the man loses his love only to regain it at the end in a enthralling climax. Lovely movie to watch with family any time and many times. Superb acting by all the stars – late Farooque, Rakesh Bedi, late Ravi Baswani and Saeed Jaffrey and most beautiful acting by Deepti Naval. She is such a fine actor, Sai Paranjape has pulled a miracle out of her hat. This is a timeless classic.

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