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Ravi violates courtroom procedures and rules of evidence in numerous ways, including badgering witnesses, presenting evidence through means other than testimony, arguing directly to the bench rather than to the jury, etc. See more »
Balraj Sahni is affluent and cocky, living the good life with his beautiful wife and three young boys. He thinks he can control destiny but TIME wills otherwise and an earthquake scatters his family to the winds. His eldest turns into a suave thief Raja, played by Raj Kumar. The middle son, played exceedingly well by Sunil Dutt, is brought up by a very wealthy couple and turns into Ravi the lawyer. The youngest is Vijay, played by Shashi Kapoor, who lives with his mother in penury. He finds a job as a driver with Chinnoy Seth (Rehman), a master criminal. The two older brothers both fall in love with the beauteous Meena, played by Sadhna, while the younger romances the peppy Renu, played by Sharmila Tagore. Of course the brothers have to cross paths and in fact they meet and part and even bump into their father on the streets. By a quirk of fate Raja discovers that Ravi is indeed his brother and now blood will tell. He wants to smoothen the path of love for Ravi and Meena but is framed for a heinous murder committed by Chinnoy Seth. Chinnoy convinces Vijay to lie for him. An exceedingly well enacted courtroom drama, with the rookie Ravi defending Raja, terminates in the obligatory happy ending for all but the journey is most pleasant.
Waqt is Yash Chopra's finest film, evergreen, well written, well acted. It boasts of some of the most classic dialogs pre-Sholay - 'Chaku Se mat Khelo, Chot Lag Jayegi'. 'Jin Ke Khud Ke Ghar Sheese Ke Hon Woh Doosron par Patthar Nahin Phekte Chinoy Seth' etc. The court scenes are very engaging and have high drama but not much melodrama. The acting is great all around but the top folks are Balraj Sahni, Sunil Dutt (Gule Gulzaar Bulbule Yaar!), Raj Kumar, Sadhna. Oh - the film scores high on the looks quotient too! Sunil and Shashi are absolutely yummy, Sadhana is beautiful and Sharmila the sweet naive one.
Music is melodious - O Meri Zohra Zabeen, Hothon Pe Khushi, Kaun Aaya , and my personal favorite Aage Bhi Jaane Naa Tu. This one is a keeper and worth revisiting.
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