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Anupama (1966)

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Mohan Sharma (Tarun Bose) is a workaholic, whose life changes dramatically after his wife dies upon giving birth to their daughter Uma (Sharmila Tagore). He despises the daughter by day, ... See full summary »

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Sharmila Tagore ...
Uma Sharma
Shashikala ...
Anita Bakshi 'Annie'
Deven Verma ...
Arun
Durga Khote ...
Ashok's Mother
Dulari ...
Sarla
Surekha ...
Aruna
Naina ...
Gauri - Ashok's sister
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Suresh Bakshi (as Bharadwaj)
Amar
R.P. Kapoor
Mukund Banerjee
Desai
Rajdeep
Usman
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Mohan Sharma (Tarun Bose) is a workaholic, whose life changes dramatically after his wife dies upon giving birth to their daughter Uma (Sharmila Tagore). He despises the daughter by day, and adores her when drunk at night. The film is about Uma's coming of age and her relationship with a sensitive poet Ashok (Dharmendra) who slowly brings her out of her shell. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Kyon Mujhe Itni Khushi
Sung by Asha Bhosle
Music composed by Hemanta Mukherjee (as Hemant Kumar)
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Besides being a very watchable film, it is a must-have for all serious students of Hindi cinema. The film is dedicated to Bimal Roy (practically the entire crew is comprised of people who worked for Roy) and in this film, Hrishikesh Mukherji's narrative style is clearly reminiscent of Roy's style. Hemant Kumar's music from this film is practically legendary, as are Kaifi Azmi's lyrics. The film has a few flaws -- it starts and ends beautifully, but could have been tightened up around the middle. The lead duo, Sharmila and Dharmendra, are adequately good, but it's the support cast that really carries the film. The director spends time working on the relationships between the cast - Deven Varma and Shashikala, despite (or because of) the latter's slightly annoying excess, have surprisingly good chemistry, and David, doing his classic overgrown bachelor is dependably great. The film is stolen though by Tarun Bose, who plays the lead character's troubled father to perfection.

The thing that strikes out about the film is how well it comes together as a whole -- the cinematography, screenplay, the music, the editing and the acting. To the credit of Mukherjee and Roy alike, the film epitomizes the Black & White class drama that so strongly influenced Indian popular cinema in the post-independence era. I cannot recommend the film enough.


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