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While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until the rains stop be able to get his car fixed. It is here that he will find out about his previous birth, his true love, Madhumati, their ill-fated, star-crossed and tragic romance, and how events in his previous birth are going to effect him in this life-time. Written by
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Perhaps if not "the best" certainly one of the best from Bimalda's kitty. Way back in 1958 Bimalda managed to weave a intriguing and nail- biting suspense movie which is nothing short of creative genius. The black-and-white format actually works to the advantage of the storyline to give it an eerie feel.
♦ Dilip Kumar:: Honestly after watching "Madhumati" I could really appreciate Dilip Kumar's authority over the fine nuances of performance. The subtlety he effectively brings up on the screen deserves special mention. As Deven/ Anand he delivers a spot-on performance.
♦ Vyjayanthimala:: The actual protagonist of the movie. As Madhu she gets into the skin of the character without going overboard. The rest two characters Madhavi & Radha can be categorised as special appearances.
♦ Pran:: Now no wonder Dilip Kumar refused to work with Pran after Madhumati. If not stealing the thunder right under the nose, he gave a tough fight. As Ugra Narayan he ensures you hate him to no limits.
Rest of the star-cast was adequate. Music was integral to Madhumati. Had it not been Shailendra lyrics churned into haunting melodies by Salil Chowdhary, the movie would not have reached the cult status. Lata Mangeskar I am sure catapulted to dizzying heights after the success of the her numbers. Songs by Mukesh & Rafi are equally soulful.
Due credit is deserved for the story by Ritwik Ghatak who later on became a yard-stick in his own right. And of course Rajinder Singh Bedi who pens the dialogues.
No wonder Bimal Da held maximum number of Filmfare awards and held undisputed record for many decades.
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