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Julie (1975)

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Julie is an anglo-Indian girl with a loving, but alcoholic father and a domineering mother, a younger brother and sister. She falls in love with her best friend's brother Shashi ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lakshmi ...
Julie (as Laxmi)
Vikram ...
Shashi Bhattacharya
Nadira ...
Margaret 'Maggie' (Julie's Mother)
Utpal Dutt ...
Mr. Bhattacharya (Usha's Father) (as Utpall Dutt)
Achala Sachdev ...
Mrs. Devki Bhattacharya (Usha's Mother) (as Achla Sachdev)
Rita Bhaduri ...
Usha Bhattacharya
Jalal Agha ...
Richard "Richie"
Rajendra Nath ...
Rahim (Store Owner)
Om Prakash ...
Morris (Julie's Father)
Ruby Mayer ...
Ruby Aunty (as Sulochana)
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Irene
Umesh Sharma
Satyajeet ...
(as Master Satyajit)
J.N. Anand
Uday Laxmi ...
(as Udaya Lakshmi)
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Julie is an anglo-Indian girl with a loving, but alcoholic father and a domineering mother, a younger brother and sister. She falls in love with her best friend's brother Shashi Bhattacharya, a Hindu boy, and she has a passionate encounter with him, which leaves her pregnant. He goes away to college, not knowing about her condition. Her mother is distraught when Julie tells her about the pregnancy. They don't tell the rest of the family. Her mother thinks about getting Julie an abortion, but a devout Christian talks her out of it. Julie is sent away to have her baby in secret. The rest of the family is told that Julie got a job. When she comes back home, she runs into her Hindu boyfriend and tells him everything. He agrees to marry her, but his mother objects to the mixed marriage, not knowing about the baby born in secret. Julie's mother doesn't want the marriage either, as she and the rest of the family want to go to England. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Referenced in Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013) See more »

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Dil Kya Kare
Music by Rajesh Roshan
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Kishore Kumar
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The Ballad of Julie
29 May 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

K.S. Sethumadhavan remakes his Tamil film in Hindi and 'Julie' is quite a refreshing delight among movies of that time. I liked the portrayal of the Angl-Indian family which is done without overdoing clichés. Although the Om Prakash character is overweight, alcoholic and does wear a beret and pants with suspenders (which was one of the stereotypical images of Christian Indian characters in Hindi films), his alcoholism (isn't just a characteristic that's just there) plays a crucial part of the story.

The dynamic within the family is effectively displayed on screen. The religious conflict, especially from Devki and Margaret's point of view and their family's ignorance towards their objection was hilariously depicted. I liked how the characters, especially the minor ones such as Rahim and Richard were depicted as very human characters rather than clichéd props (as was common in movies of that time). 'Julie' does have its share of melodrama and at times it is heavy on sentimentality but these are thankfully limited.

I'm not a big fan of Rajesh Roshan's music but the songs in 'Julie' are quite melodious even if they don't have the best of lyrics. The location is captured quite nicely. They lighting tends to be too strong at times ad the colour filter is faulty.

Lakshmi confidently carries the film. She is sincere, pretty, vibrant and spontaneous and her portrayal of Julie's vulnerability, strength, courage, dedication and poise is done brilliantly. Utpal Dutt, Achala Sachdev, Rita Bhaduri and Sridevi provide excellent support. Om Prakash tends to be loud but he still manages to be likable. Nadira deserves special mention. This is a departure from the vamp and evil mom roles that she got typecast in. I haven't seen the original Tamil version but I cannot think of any other actress more suitable to play Margaret. Nadira owns each and every one of her scenes in 'Julie'.

I was under the impression that 'Julie' was going to be just another ditsy romantic movie of its time but now I'm glad I watched it after a friend's recommendation.


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