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Katha (1983)

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Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose ... See full summary »

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Rajaram Purshotam Joshi
Farooq Shaikh ...
Bashudev (Bashu)
Deepti Naval ...
Sandhya Sabnis
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Jalal Agha ...
Himself
Valerie Agha ...
Herself - Model
Tinnu Anand
Sudha Chopra ...
Club Singer
Suhasini Deshpande ...
Mrs. Sabnis
Arun Joglekar ...
Sabnis Bhau
Veeni Paranjape Joglekar ...
Jaijaiwanti 'Jojo' Dhindoria
Yatin Karyekar ...
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Rita Rani Kaul ...
Rajaram's colleague
Leela Mishra ...
Dadi Amma
Mallika Sarabhai ...
Anuradha Dhindoria
Sarika ...
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Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose his love for her. Rajaram's fast-tallking friend, Bashudev (Farooq Shaikh) comes for a visit and makes himself at home. Bashudev starts wooing Sandhya and soon both in love with each other. The Karniks decide to marry Sandhya and Bashudev, much to misery of Rajaram. But on the day of the engagement, Bashudev disappears, and the engagement is called-off. Rajaram offers to marry the devastated Sandhya, but she tells him that she has been very intimate with Bashudev, and is pregnant, and it remains to be seen if Rajaram will accept Sandhya or otherwise. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A class act by auteur
19 January 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Good things come to those who wait but by that time all the better stuff is gone. The above quote is so true in concomitant world and the movie too gives the same message quite strongly. The movie is basically a satire on the Rabbit(Farookh) - Tortoise(Naseeruddin) story. Rajaram (Naseeruddin) successfully depicts the tortoise and Basudev (Farookh) doesn't disappoint either. But the real credit for this movie goes to the auteur- Sai Paranjpye. She builds the character so well that the story despite lack of any Indian movie spice flows smoothly. Both the protagonists have done their parts superbly. Rest of caste is used beautifully to develop the two main conflicting characters. In the end the Rabbit migrates and Tortoise wins and our story teller- Daadi Maa says "Ye bhi koi jeet hui bhala" As all tortoise gets is a bouquet of wilted flower (Used metaphorically).


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