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Ganga Singh lives near Gangotri with her brother, Karam. One day she comes to the assistance of a young man, Narendra Sahay, who has come with a group of Calcutta-based college students to study the source of the holy river Ganga, and to get some holy water for his wheelchair-bound paternal grandma. Both are attracted to each other, and on the next Puran Mashi get married, and spend the night in close intimacy. Narendra leaves, but promises Ganga that he will be back soon. Months go by, but he does not return. She gives birth to a son, and as soon she is able to, she starts her journey to Alipor, Calcutta, to confront Narendra and ensure a better future for their son. At Rishikesh she is exploited by two women and a man, escapes and takes shelter in a crematorium. Then at Banaras, she is molested by a Pandit, rescued by the police and given a ticket to Calcutta. When she alights en-route to get water for her baby, the train leaves, and she falls into the clutches of a Manilal who ... Written by
Undoubtedly one of the finest films made by the original and only Showman Raj Kapoor. Clearly the showman has adapted to changing times and yet manages to captivate the audience interest with his master story telling skill.
The showman has moved a level up since Mera Naam Joker and his subsequent movies like Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Prem Rog and RTGM (with an expectation of Bobby) clearly depict the subtle message encoded.
You would require more than one viewing in order to see understand the underlying message of how the purity of the river Ganges originating from Himalayas gets compromised as it travels through the strata's of the society until its finally reaches Kolkatta.
The dialogues are very powerful and thought provoking (Saeed Jaffery gets meaty ones!!!). Songs which are the highlight of every Raj Kapoor movies do not disappoint. Moving away from L-P, he first time he teams with Ravindra Jain (music & lyrics) churning songs which will be remembered for years. Lata gives her as usual her best for the showman.
In terms of the casting Mandakini is an absolute let-down. She is the main protagonist and any other actress with the potency of parallel cinema would have had this movie recognised on international levels. Rajeev Kapoor is no great shakes either. Its only the supporting cast which halo the short-comings of the lead performers and they are Saeed Jaffery, Raza Murad, Sushma Seth, Khulbushan Kharbanda, Krishan Dhawan and Rajesh Viveck (in a blink-and-miss role).
The visuals of the beauty and serenity of Himalayas and the dirty and murky Kolkatta is captured with equal aplomb.
Sadly the last movie from the greatest showman but definitely he left his mark with this movie.
After reading Mr. Murali-s comments I decided to write my own opinions on this movie as the former one is extremely shallow.
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