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Chitchor (1976)

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Pitamber Choudhry is a schoolmaster who lives in a small village, Madhopur, in India with his wife, and daughter, Gauri. His two other daughters are already married and live in Bombay. His ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Amol Palekar ...
Vinod
Zarina Wahab ...
Geeta P. Choudhry
Vijayendra Ghatge ...
Sunil Kishan
A.K. Hangal ...
Pitamber Choudhry
Dina Pathak ...
Mrs. P. Choudhry
Raju Shrestha ...
Deepak Kumar 'Deepu' Agnihotri (as Master Rajoo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shail Chaturvedi ...
Chaubey
C.S. Dubey ...
Postman
Ritu Kamal ...
Meera
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Pitamber Choudhry is a schoolmaster who lives in a small village, Madhopur, in India with his wife, and daughter, Gauri. His two other daughters are already married and live in Bombay. His daughter, Meera, has written to him that she has seen a suitable boy, who is an Engineer, returned from Germany, and would like him to be considered as a groom for Gauri. Pitamber and his wife are overjoyed and he goes to the railway station to meet the young man and bring him home. After meeting with him, both he and his wife approve of him and allow Gauri and him to get to know each other. They are ready to go ahead with the wedding as both Gauri and the young man seem to like each other. Than their lives are turned upside down, when they receive another letter from Meera informing them that the Engineer had to go to Delhi, and his arrival has been delayed. Watch what happens to the young man, when he finds out that nothing is going to be the same anymore between him and Gauri on one hand, and her... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Jab Deep Jale Aana ...
21 October 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Sooraj Barjaatya has directed some good movies over the period spanning from 1989-2006 but his work includes one let down also in the form of Main Prem Ki Deewaani Hoon (2003). With too much unnecessary glamour, body expose, theatrical performances and average musical score, MPKDH did not have anything worthwhile to offer to the audience who approached the theatres with high expectations and quite naturally, it bombed on the box office. However anybody who has been following the movies of Sooraj's banner (actually his grandfather's banner) - Rajshri Productions, could easily see that MPKDH was actually an urbanized remake of an old classic of this banner which kept the flag of simplicity, high values of life and Indianness high in Hindi cinema for around two and a half decades. The original classic movie in this context is Chitchor (1976).

Chitchor (heart-stealer) is a lovely movie which got turned into an unforgettable one by the brilliant performances and the excellent music. The pivotal character of the story is Geeta (Zarina Wahaab) who lives with her parents in a small town. Her father, Pitambar Chaudhary (A.K. Hungal) is a schoolmaster who alongwith her mother (Deena Paathak) is concerned about her marriage (like any traditional Indian parents). Her married elder sister, Meera (Ritu Kamal) informs them from Mumbai (then Bombay) a suitable boy who is an engineer, is coming to their place for work and he should be welcomed and treated properly by them to woo him for consenting to marry Geeta. The parents do the same. The arriving person is Vinod (Amol Palekar) who does not know the background behind his welcome and hospitality but through his nature and behaviour he is able to win the hearts of all including that of Geeta. But the twist in the tale comes when the case turns out to be that of mistaken identity. Actually, the person who was suggested by Meera as the prospective groom for Geeta is Sunil (Vijayendra Ghaatage) and not Vinod who is not engineer but his subordinate overseer. Sunil also arrives at the place and now Geeta's parents are in a fix as to how to deal with Vinod whom they had been treating as their prospective son-in-law because quite naturally, the (more) suitable boy is the engineer and not the overseer, forg tting the fact that the heart of a girl once gone for a boy, it's gone. She cannot change her feelings according to the post and the status of the boys. After an emotional drama, the movie reaches its happy ending when Geeta asserts herself and disallows others to decide her destiny.

This simple yet highly touching love story has been penned by Subodh Ghosh which ace director, Basu Chatterjee has adapted for the screen with finesse by writing the screenplay and the dialogs himself. It's the simplicity of the story, the characters and the complete milieu which makes this movie a winner all the way. The characters are innocent ones with hearts of gold and they effortlessly take the viewer away with their talks, gesture and activities towards the desired culmination of the story. The spectator becomes a part of their psyche, desiring the same which is bound to happen ultimately.

This was the first movie of Vijayendra Ghatage whereas Amol Palekar and Zarina Wahaab too were in the initial phase of their respective careers only. And all three have delivered outstanding performances with ample support from seasoned character artists like A.K. Hungal and Deena Paathak and also from the number one child artist of his time, Master Raju.

This movie despite Rajshri's penchant for the traditional social values prevailing in India (which expect the daughter of the house to bow before the decision of her parents regarding her marriage), surprisingly makes the audience hear the footsteps of the woman-lib movement in which the girl wants to decide her groom herself. Zarina Wahaab with her girl next door looks, has delivered a highly confident performance in her role which, in the climax, set the bells of woman-lib ringing for the middle class Indian girls who wanted to be the decider for their fate but could not, being caught in the shackles of social tradition where the parents only could decide what's good for them. This way, it was a path-breaker in the regular Bollywood cinema.

The movie could not be such a grand success as well as considered a classic if not for the unforgettable music of Ravindra Jain. This blind music maestro not only composed great melodies based on classical Raagas but also wrote heart-soothing lyrics of high literary quality for them. Gori Tera Gaaon Bada Pyaara, Tu Jo Mere Sur Mein Sur Mila Le and Aaj Se Pehle Aaj Se Zyaada Khushi Aaj Tak Nahin Mili. If you ask for my favourite song from this movie, it's Jab Deep Jale Aana, Jab Shaam Dhale Aana which is based on Raag Yaman. Ravindra Jain introduced K.J. Yesudaas and Hemlata as playback singers from this album.

True to its title, this movie is a CHITCHOR who will steal your heart.


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