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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

A heartwarming nest of hope, faith and optimism

Author: Peter Young from Earth
7 July 2009

One of Gulzar's finest works (well, in his case every film is one of the finest) is called Koshish. This is a realistic tale of a deaf couple, played to perfection by Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri. The film shows how handicapped and limited people learn to live life to the fullest despite and against their difficulties and defects. They suffer but they love life and try to see their cup as half full. The film follows their life experiences during a period of 25 years or so, presenting their fears, their love, their ups and downs, and their struggle with the tough reality, always overcoming the obstacles with a smile.

Only two hours long, this cinematic piece is thoroughly beautiful and moving. Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri bring two accomplished performances much ahead of those years, played with impressive simplicity and ease. Kumar leads the show, and Bhaduri provides great support. Dina Pathak is also very compelling as Jaya's mother. The film has several heart-breaking moments, which I won't reveal here. It may seem too dark at points. It is naturally devoid of songs or comedy and is very focused, which makes it a tad too serious, but it's artistic and brilliant and should appeal to any sensitive cine-goer.

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

The valiant effort of a deaf and dumb pair

Author: Curious-from south from Dallas, Texas
7 February 2002

There are very few movies that would leave a lasting impression on your mind long after you have left the movie theater like "koshish" will do. Two of the most talented actors- Sanjeev kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, brings the courage and agony of the two handicapped but strong willed persons. The movie brought national awards to both of these actors. Gulzar directs and writes the dialogues of the movie which are a treat in themselves.

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

And Koshish Continues

Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock
25 June 2008

'Koshish' tells the heartwarming story of a deaf woman Aarti and a deaf man Hari. What happens when a deaf man and a deaf woman fall in love? What follows is a story. Through the ups and downs of life, Aarti and Hari move passed all obstacles to make a home for themselves. Only Gulzar can tell a story so beautifully. The artiste put a lot of soul into the making of this moving piece of cinema and this is obvious in the tenderness and sensibility of the movie. 'Koshish' is both poetic and realistic. He introduces the school of the deaf and briefly portrays the life of the deaf and blind but he does not go overboard as he returns to the two main characters and continues their story. Gulzar's execution and writing is outstanding. There's a beautifully poetic scene set on the beach where Aarti and Hari describe the sunset to a blind Uncle Narayan. Then there's a chilling sequence set during a rainy night when Kanu breaks in his sister's house to steal her necklace and what follows is a tragic outcome. Gulzar's background score flows beautifully with the film. Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri share a lovely chemistry and act very naturally giving us memorable performances. These two are always known to have a great on screen chemistry and in 'Koshish' their acting depends on body language more than anything. Yet, they seem to pull it off with ease. Dina Pathak too is excellent as the supportive mother and Asrani is quite good. My only complaint would be to avoid the song at the school function. This sequence does not add much and it only hinders the constant flow of the screenplay. Nonetheless, this is only a minor flaw and 'Koshish' remains a beautiful story of love, courage, survival and life.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

One more master-piece from Gulzar and Sanjeev Kumar

Author: Parth Dave from Ahmedabad, India
11 October 2012

It is a strange love story of deaf and dumb couple but still it is more expressive than any other love story. It is not all about their dignity to live proudly but it also touches the emotional side of this unique couple. It also represent the struggle of deaf and dumb couple to live a comfortable life style.

This is third movie of Gulzar which I watched after Andhi and Machis. Gulzar is changing my views on Indian cinema by some superb writings and directions. Now I am looking forward to Ijaazat, Mausam and Khushboo.

And yes Sanjeev must be mentioned because of his splendid performance as a Haricharan. He and Jaya makes the movie more beautiful and emotional.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A true tale of hope and optimism

Author: Mausam from Seattle
18 February 2002

What happens when a deaf and dumb guy with a blind friend falls in love with a deaf and dumb girl. Marriage and a child. A great tale of survival against all odds. Rather a great tale of living once life fully against all odds. It deals with lives of the lesser blessed with great dignity. The way they live, the way they bring up their child, the way they find solutions to their problems, shows the immense possibilities in man.

The narrative is not typical of a movie. It feels more biographical and has breaks but still the storyline is strong enough for us to overlook those things. The end is strong, touchy. Trying putting yourself in the place of his son and see if you can conform with the movie.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Touching movie...

Author: Shilpa Jog from California, USA
2 September 2001

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A touching movie about a deaf and dumb couple (Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri) who fall in love and get married. They are afraid that their kids would also be deaf and dumb. Their first child dies because of an accident and they feel they could have prevented it had they been able to hear him crawl out of their small house. A blind man helps them out with their second baby. When their son grows older (his mother is dead by then), the father wants to arrange his marriage with a deaf and dumb girl (in the Indian setting, marriages are generally arranged by parents). SPOILER ! The son isn't very happy but then changes his mind when he realizes that deaf and dumb people, like his parents, also have hopes and ambitions and he ought to give the girl a fair chance.

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