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Arzoo (1965)

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After completing his medical studies, Gopal (Rajendra Kumar) takes a break and goes on holiday in Kashmir. There he meets with Usha (Sadhana) and both fall in love with each other. Back ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajendra Kumar ...
Gopal / Sarju (as Rajinder Kumar)
Sadhana ...
Usha
Feroz Khan ...
Ramesh (as Feroze)
Nazima ...
Sarla
Nasir Hussain ...
Diwan Kishan Kishore (as Nazir Hussain)
Achala Sachdev ...
Gopal's mom (as Achla Sachdev)
Dhumal ...
Munshi Ashadaulal (as Dhoomal)
Malika ...
Sabhi
Nana Palsikar
Hari Shivdasani ...
Major Kapoor
Daisy Irani
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Ramesh's dad
Jankidas ...
Ramesh's servant (as Jankidass)
Narbada Shankar
Praveen Paul ...
(as Ruby Paul)
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After completing his medical studies, Gopal (Rajendra Kumar) takes a break and goes on holiday in Kashmir. There he meets with Usha (Sadhana) and both fall in love with each other. Back home, Gopal has a close friend, Ramesh (Feroze Khan), whose dad (Brahm Bhardwaj) wants him to marry Usha as an arranged marriage. Ramesh likes Usha and is willing to marry her. In the meantime, Gopal finds out that Ramesh is going to be married to Usha and decides not to pursue his romance with Usha. When Ramesh and Gopal's sister, Sarla (Nazima) convince Gopal that Usha only loves him, he reveals a dark secret to them, which may convince them that he is not right for Usha. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Love in Kashmir
1 January 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Arzoo is a poignant classic from the 1960s. This film shows how beautiful those times were and how strong and real love and friendship could be at that point of time. We don't see much of that nowadays in cinema. The film tells the love story of Gopal and Usha, from their first meeting in Kashmir through their subsequent relationship, and finally, to their unofficial separation when Gopal gets involved in a car accident, loses his foot, and firmly decides to not meet her again, thinking he does not deserve to be with her anymore. While Usha is suffering from his sudden disappearance, her father tries to help her find him, but at the same time tries to pair her with his friend's son Ramesh, who happens to be Gopal's best friend.

Arzoo starts as a romance and later turns into an intensely dramatic tale of sacrifice and pain. Yet, the film never loses its beauty and its optimism. The romantic sequences in the first portions of the film are beautifully shot across the breathtaking locations of Kashmir with some superb and peaceful songs. The story is effectively told and developed and the film grows on you with its unexpected proceedings and turns. The film stars Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana as Gopal and Usha. Both actors do a brilliant job. This is Kumar's film, though, and the actor performs very well in this complex central character. You really feel for him as you witness his tragedy, his silence, his decisiveness and his anguish. Sadhana is astonishing as Usha. She is beautiful, moving and totally convincing.

Other than that, the film has much more to offer. As said, the film is beautifully shot and excellently directed by Ramanand Sagar. The music, composed by Shakar-Jaikishen, is simply outstanding. All the songs--from the initial romantic ones to the sad ones later on--are melodious, and along with the stunning landscapes of Kashmir, create an enchanting view. Apart from Kumar and Sadhana, the rest of the cast perform very well. Feroz Khan is very good as Ramesh, Nasir Hussain is outstanding as Usha's father, Mehmood provides great comic relief in the role of Gopal's friend. However, the one supporting actor who really impressed me the most was actress Nazima. She was simply marvelous in her very brief and tiny role. I think she was a good actress and it's sad that no one really knows her today.

Arzoo is a wonderful film. It not only entertains but also makes you realise how unexpected life can be and how important it is to cherish every moment of it. The film's ending is great and relieving. Do watch this classic.


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