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Saaheb (1985)

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Mr. Sharma (Utpal Dutt) lives with his four sons (Biswajeet, Vijay Arora, Dilip Dhawan) and a daughter, Geeta or Butlie. Only the youngest son, Sunil (Anil Kapoor) and Geeta are unmarried. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rakhee Gulzar ...
Sujata Sharma (as Raakhee)
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Sunil Sharma (Saaheb)
Amrita Singh ...
Natasha (Nikki)
Utpal Dutt ...
Badri Prasad Sharma (Saaheb's Father)
Deven Verma ...
Pareshan (Nikki's Uncle)
Biswajeet ...
Eldest Son
Vijay Arora ...
Kamal Sharma (Second Eldest Son)
A.K. Hangal ...
Doctor
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Mr. S.P. Sinha
Dilip Dhawan ...
Third Eldest Son
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Natasha's Dad (as Satyen Kappu)
Suresh Chatwal ...
Mr. Somnath (Saaheb's Football Coach)
Rajni Bala ...
Kamal's Wife (as Rajnibala)
Nandita Thakur ...
Shanti
Sudha Chopra ...
Geeta (Bultie)
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Mr. Sharma (Utpal Dutt) lives with his four sons (Biswajeet, Vijay Arora, Dilip Dhawan) and a daughter, Geeta or Butlie. Only the youngest son, Sunil (Anil Kapoor) and Geeta are unmarried. Mr. Sharma arranges his daughter's marriage with a man who will be re-locating to London, U.K. The family requires Rs.50,000/- for the expenses, and will even go to the extent of selling their house. Sunil or Saaheb as he is referred to, is the black sheep of the family - unemployed & uneducated - only interested in playing football. None of the elder brothers have any means of coming up with money for the expenses, and two of them even scheme with their respective wives to take over the house. Mr. Sharma attempts to raise the money, in vain. Sunil then makes the ultimate sacrifice for the marriage of his sister, and brings the money to his dad. His dad believes that Sunil has stolen the money, and Sunil is forced to lie about where he got the money from. The family only finds out after the marriage... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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References Inquilaab (1984) See more »

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Kya Khabar Kya Pata
Music by Bappi Lahiri
Lyrics by Anjaan
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Chorus
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The movie is an accurate reflection of life in 80s in India.
3 April 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This movie was very contemporary in its theme at the time of its production. People might not identify with it now, but it is a very good representation of the middle class society of the Eighties. Resources were scarce, ambitions were big and everyone in the family needed to adjust to the conditions often giving up on their dreams. I think this movie is a must watch for today's generation who have grown up after the economic reforms. It gives a very accurate and detailed picture of our past and is a cue to understanding the generation before us.

The performances are Top notch. Utpal Dutt has portrayed the helplessness and hurt with a dignity that only he could manage. Rakhi has again given one of those performances in which silence and actions speaks louder than words. This was one of Anil Kapoor's earlier movies and he was still not a star. But his potential was well noticed in this movie.

Script and editing are also good although I can understand that things have been a bit over-dramatized and there are a few unwanted song sequences. But again 80s were not really good times for the Indian cinema. And for once the movie was about a real Indian family. Not the Super rich, cash abundant, Ferrari driving, Personal jet owner NRIs who have so much money that the only thing they can think about is love and marriage. This was real cinema not a dreamland. So on a scale adjusted for trends in different times, I would still give it an 8.


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