Keshav lives a poor lifestyle in a small town in India along with his ailing father, Dinanath, mother, and a much younger sister, Munni. He is an alcoholic but after the passing of his ... See full summary »


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Kamala (as Madhu Bala)
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Ram Mohan ...
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Keshav's mom
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Keshav lives a poor lifestyle in a small town in India along with his ailing father, Dinanath, mother, and a much younger sister, Munni. He is an alcoholic but after the passing of his father promises to abstain completely, much to the relief of his mother as well as his sweetheart, Kamala, as well as her businessman dad, Laxmidas, who arranges his employment at his Coal Mine, and arranges for them to get married on 20Feb1958. On February 16 Laxmidas cancels the marriage as Keshav relapses and his mother threatens to leave the town, and even Kamala refuses to speak with him. Shortly thereafter Laxmidas, on his deathbed, gets Kamala to promise to marry some one else, while Keshav, blacklisted by the entire community is well on his way to self-destruction as well as endangering lives of hundreds of coal mine workers. Written by rAjOo (

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21 May 2007 | by (Detroit, Michigan) – See all my reviews

***Mild spoilers alert***

I received a summer-long Netflix membership as a high school graduation present from my aunt. I saw this as a great opportunity to catch up on the Bollywood movies, since it is supposedly bigger than Hollywood.

After a little research, I discovered Madhubala and peoples' comments saying she was the Indian Marilyn Monroe (or at least the Indian Doris Day). I decided to check out some of her movies. Unfortunately, Netflix did not have "Bahut Din Hue," so I chose (what was supposed to be) the next best thing as a start to my expedition in Bollywood: "Sharabi," a tale of a man's plunge into alcoholism and its negative effects on everyone he knows. I figured I couldn't go wrong with a movie that starred Dev Anand and Madhubala, and had a IMDb score of 10/10 as of 5-21-07.

I saw it today. The eleven people who voted for this movie must have seen a different copy than mine, because I was greatly disappointed. Let me start with the good: The first forty- five minutes are excellent. Dev Anand's portrayal of a happy drunk is pretty good, and he is best when performing with his female counterpart, Madhubala. Madhubala was stunning. She was downright beautiful, and gave the best and most energetic performance. She was the life of the movie. Her performance was easily one of the great ones I have seen in any movie.

However, for the next hour or so, the focus is put on Dev Anand. He just did not do it for me. I can take classic melodrama because I'm a fan of old-school Japanese flicks, but Anand took the melodrama to a whole new level. God bless him, the man tried, but he just did not succeed.

The story is okay. Some might find it hard to believe a family putting up so much with such awful conduct from one their own, but that part of the movie is realistic. What angered me most about the story is the final act in the coal mine. Anand's character commits a horrible act, but is let off easy. Maybe the realistic resolution was one of the many scenes missing from the copy that Netflix has. I hope so. Because this was the most unrealistic ending I've seen since "Jaws: The Revenge."

Anyway, the beginning of this expedition into Bollywood has been extremely disappointing to say the least. I should be getting "Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka" next. I hope that is much better.

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