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Anoop studies law in Calcutta, while his widowed mom in a small town in West Bengal. He has a sister, Sudha, who is married to Anil and lives in Calcutta. Since Anoop is of marriageable age... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Swarup Dutt ...
Anoop (as Swaroop Dutt)
Suresh Chatwal
Nandita Thakur ...
Nana Palsikar ...
Ramchandra Awasthi
Ratnamala ...
Sharda R. Awasthi
Leela Mishra ...
Kamini Kaushal ...
Anoop's mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lata Arora
Shail Chaturvedi ...
Minoo Mehtab
Yunus Parvez ...


Anoop studies law in Calcutta, while his widowed mom in a small town in West Bengal. He has a sister, Sudha, who is married to Anil and lives in Calcutta. Since Anoop is of marriageable age, his mom has seen a girl for him, whose name is Vidya, and is the daughter of Shankarlal. When Anoop returns home, she asks him for his approval, but he says he wants to see the girl first. He goes to see Vidya, and also gets to meet another belle by the name of Minoo. He returns home, tells his mom that he cannot marry Vidya, but will marry only Minoo. His mother reluctantly agrees and the marriage takes place. It is then that they find out that Minoo has no household skills, neither is she educated, nor mature enough to understand her relationship with Anoop. Her only interests appear to be stealing mangoes and other fruit, and playing with children much younger than her. Anoop's mom is quite exasperate with her and is compelled to keep her under lock and key. When the time comes for Anoop to ... Written by rAjOo (

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23 May 1980 (Portugal)  »

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The girl who refused to grow up
23 July 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Sudhendu Roy's Uphaar is one wonderful film relating the story of Minoo, a young village girl who is still a little kid by heart. Minoo is a highly mischievous prankster, and her parents get daily complaints from villagers who keep grumbling about her inappropriate behaviour. Soon her parents marry her against her will to a young student named Anoop, who previously instantly fell for her in spite of her childishness. The film follows Minoo's life as a young bride, her lack of acclimation to her new surroundings where she still refuses to grow up, and ultimately her coming-of-age and maturation.

Based on Rabindranath Tagore's short story Samapti, Uphaar is a brilliant little film. It is very authentic and at points reminds one of some of Shyam Benegal's then-future pictures. Sudhendu Roy directs it with a lot of heart. He captures the spirit of the small village and keeps everything simple and real, yet without ever making it look overly banal. There isn't a single dull moment in the film and I personally was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the show. The sequences showing Minoo's sudden realisation of having fallen in love and her subsequent regrets and pain are the film's best.

The more I watch Jaya Bhaduri in different movies, the more I appreciate her abilities. I think she was probably the best actress of those years in mainstream Hindi cinema. She was professionally trained in acting, and while her skills are evident, she is just such a gifted natural talent (as previously evidenced in Satyajit Ray's Mahangar in which she acted when she was still a teenager). She is superb in this movie. Everything about her is real, spontaneous and genuine, and here she plays the spoilt brat with great conviction. Her character's transformation and coming-of-age are brilliantly played.

Apart from Bhaduri, who clearly owns this show, the supporting cast is in top form. The one who impressed me the most is Kamini Kaushal, who is outstanding as the weary mother in-law. Swarup Dutt is very fine as the patient, soft-spoken and kindhearted husband. For me Uphaar was a very enjoyable film. Sudhendu Roy is better known as an art director for many popular movies. This film was his first directorial venture and sadly he did not go on to direct that many movies and stuck to his main job. Anyway, Uphaar is a worthy film and a little-known gem which is highly recommended.

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