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Members of a family are separated in a natural disaster. Several years down the line, they aren't united but their lives are strangely interconnected.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunil Dutt ...
Bablu / Ravi
Sadhana ...
Meena Mittal
Raaj Kumar ...
Raju / Raja
Shashi Kapoor ...
Munna / Vijay Kumar
Sharmila Tagore ...
Renu Khanna
Balraj Sahni ...
Lala Kedarnath
Rehman ...
Chinoy
Motilal
Manmohan Krishna ...
Mr. Mittal
Jeevan ...
Orphanage Warden
Madan Puri ...
Balbir
Achala Sachdev ...
Laxmi Kedarnath (as Achla Sachdev)
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Mrs. Mittal
Sumati Gupte ...
Mrs. Kumar Khanna
Surendra Nath ...
Mr. Kumar Khanna
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Members of a family are separated in a natural disaster. Several years down the line, they aren't united but their lives are strangely interconnected. Written by Joyojeet

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Is included in the British Film Institute's "Long List" of "Top Indian Films". See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Lala Kedarnath: [subtitled from Hindi]
[stops horsecart]
Lala Kedarnath: Whoa... Get down everyone.
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Din hain bahaar ke tere mere iqraar ke
Sung by Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
Music by Ravi
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my favourite Hindi film!
25 August 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Waqt is Yash Chopra's third film and the first colour film he directed after Dhool Ka Phool(1959) and Dharmputra(1961) which released in 1965.It was one of the first multi-star cast films of Hindi cinema.Yashji had initially thought of casting Prithviraj Kapoor and his three sons Raj,Shammi, and Shashi Kapoor.But with the exception of Shashiji,he replaced the others with Balraj Sahni,Raaj Kumar and Sunil Dutt, who I feel are a better choice for the roles though Prithviji,Rajji and Shammiji are also good actors.

Waqt according to me is Yash Chopra's best film out of the 22 films he has directed.Not just that,I also consider it to be the best Hindi film ever made till now.Waqt is the story of a wealthy trader Lala Kedarnath(Balraj Sahni),his wife Lakshmi(Achala Sachdev) and their three sons Raju(Raaj Kumar),Bablu(Sunil Dutt) and Mannu(Shashi Kapoor).Destiny plays a very cruel game with them.Their lives are shattered and their close knit family is now separated.They all grow up and now all of their lives are changed.All the players of the game are back on the field of life and will have to face each other now after about 2 decades.The paths of their lives get interconnected.But,this time the game is not cruel,though has difficult situations for its players.This is "Waqt" (time) playing a game with them.The same destiny that separated them earlier brings them together now.

Waqt is a scintillating dramatic experience of love,bonding, togetherness,separation and family values.This was also one of the first Hindi films to be made on the lost and found formula which was first seen in the Ashok Kumar-Mumtaz Shanti starrer Kismet(1948).There are no caricaturish villains,silly comedians or scheming vamps in this film.All the characters are believable and relatable.The direction by Yashji is top notch.The music by Ravi is excellent with some heart-rending melodies.The lyrics,writing,cinematography,editing,art direction are also worth mentioning.

The performance of the cast that includes Balraj Sahni,Achala Sachdev,Raaj Kumar,Rehman,Leela Chitnis,Sunil Dutt,Sadhana,Manmohan Krishna,Surendra Nath,Sumati Gupte,Hari Shivdasani,Shashi Kapoor,Sharmila Tagore,Madan Puri,Jeevan,Motilal,Shashikala and others is brilliant and all of them are worth mentioning.But,Raaj Kumar stands out with his excellent acting and dialogue delivery.Last but not the least the dialogues written by Akhtar-ul-Imaan are superb and very memorable.Easily one of the best dialogues written for any film. He definitely deserves a special mention.These dialogues have been re- used and re-interpreted in many films to come in the future.

On the overall, WAQT makes for a very interesting and engrossing watch.We move with "WAQT".


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