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Ijaazat (1987)

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Mahendra is in love with Maya and would like to marry her. But Maya is a woman of the 20th century, who does not believe in marriage, but would like to continue having a relationship. ... See full summary »

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Sudha
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Mahinder
Anuradha Patel ...
Maya
Ram Mohan
Sulabha Deshpande ...
Parvati (as Sulbha Deshpande)
Dina Pathak
Rita Rani Kaul
Ashok Mehta
Rajesh Bombaywala
Ashfaque Ahmed
Bhupinder Sharma
Sunil Advani
Bhaijee
Bhola
Monesh Prem
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Mahendra is in love with Maya and would like to marry her. But Maya is a woman of the 20th century, who does not believe in marriage, but would like to continue having a relationship. Mahendra's family pressures him into getting married, and he finally gives in and marries another woman by the name of Sudha. But Mahendra is unable to get Maya out of his mind, and his marriage with Sudha fails, and ends up with a formal separation. Years later, Mahendra and Sudha meet at a railway station, and both do remember each other, and share their experiences after their separation. There is one shocking experience that Maya does not share, but which Mahendra will find out soon. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Katra katra behti hai, katra katra jeene do
Sung by Asha Bhosle
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Gulzar
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Beautiful Poetry
22 May 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Ijaazat' was like a remarkable anthology full of beautiful poetry. There are some wonderful poetry recited by the actors but the film itself is a colourful poem: the characters, the music, the story...all poetry. Directed by a poet himself, Gulzar, takes us into a journey of complex emotions of complex people.

Gulzar starts his movie with a view of beautiful landscapes and a passionate song sung by the legendary Asha Bhosle. After that, we see Nasseeruddin stepping out of the train while we hear torrential rain in the background. Here he meets Rekha and then, as flashbacks, we see their story.

Mahinder (Naseeruddin Shah), a young photographer, is madly in love with the wild and impulsive Maya (Anuradha Patel). However, his marriage has been arranged (by his grandfather) with his childhood friend Sudha (Rekha). He confides in Sudha and tells her the truth. Sudha advises him to speak to his grandfather and arrange for Maya to meet him. All of a sudden Maya leaves. Things don't work out as expected and Mahinder decides to marry Sudha. The couple seem to be happy in their marriage yet they're both trying to deal with Maya. Sudha, trying to deal with the fact that Mahinder still has strong feelings for her and Mahinder, dealing with his feelings and with the fact that Maya is the past. Maya appears every contacts every now and then. Sudha tries to accept things the way they are but the more time she spends with Mahinder, the more difficult it gets.

All the songs are beautifully song by Asha Bhosle, giving life to the poem this movie is and then Maya's poems which add to the intriguing mystery of the character and her relationship with Mahinder. Anuradha Patel as the mysterious Maya is brilliant. Her facial expressions (especially with her eyes) are amazing. As Maya herself is heartbroken that because of her own impulsiveness she lost Mahinder, she tries to prevent herself from reaching out to Mahinder but can't help herself from contacting him.

Rekha is amazing as the strong but also vulnerable Sudha. She plays her part subtly and manages to convey a lot by her presence alone. This is a fine example of how subtle acting stands out. Sudha gradually sees hope that she'll have a happy marriage until she soon comes to terms with the fact that Maya will always stand between them.

Only an actor like Nasseeruddin Shah can do justice to a character like Mahinder. He's excellent as the helpless man torn between two women. His scenes with both Anuradha and Rekha are examples of how fine acting and a display of a quiet but powerful chemistry.

'Ijaazat' is Gulzar's poem which he beautifully recites. It's a poem about three lives. It's a poem that reflects life...


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