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In desperate need of a job, unemployed Ravi (Jeetendra) goes to his maternal uncle (A.K. Hangal) and aunt (Leela Mishra) in their village for a few days. His uncle decides that he can be a ... See full summary »

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Ravi
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Rama
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Rai Saheb
A.K. Hangal ...
Ravi's Uncle
Veena ...
Sati Devi
Dev Kishan
Leela Mishra ...
Ravi's Aunt
Keshto Mukherjee ...
Teacher (as Keshto Mukherji)
Satish
Master Ravi
Master Kishore
Raju Shrestha ...
Sanjay (as Master Raju)
Baby Pinky
Pushpraj ...
(as Pushp Raj)
Kamaldeep ...
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In desperate need of a job, unemployed Ravi (Jeetendra) goes to his maternal uncle (A.K. Hangal) and aunt (Leela Mishra) in their village for a few days. His uncle decides that he can be a suitable teacher for five obstinate and spoiled grand-children of the wealthy Rai Saheb (Pran). Ravi accepts this offer, and goes to work as a tutor with them. He soon realizes that it is not upto him to keep his employment there, but rather to the children themselves, who have never tolerated any tutor beyond a few days. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Beeti Na Bitai Raina
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar & Bhupendra Singh
Music composed by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
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Musafir Hoon Yaaro ...
7 June 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Even when making meaningful movies, the sincere Indian filmmakers used to falter because they could depict the problem realistically and effectively but could not furnish any viable or practical solution to the same. Perhaps their brains could not go beyond the problem and reach the solution whereas (barring certain ticklish problems which we can consider as exceptions) in most of the cases, the solutions are inherent in the problems themselves because a lock cannot come into existence without its key. In Parichay (1972), we find an excellent movie in which the filmmaker has not only dealt with an acute problem but also come up with its solution. And the maker of this movie who is none other than Gulzaar has not dealt with the issue dryly. He has chosen an utterly sensitive story containing intricacies of relationships whose finale leaves an indelible imprint on the heart of the spectator.

Parichay (introduction) deals with the problem of naughty children. During our life, we come across several families complaining for the naughtiness of the children in them. However how many of them try to dissect the problem and understand its etiology with honesty on their part. A child is another form of God. He is born innocent. If he has gone naughty or trouble-maker or obstinate or arrogant, then the guardians cannot escape their responsibility for this burning problem in their home. Parichay tells that to work out a viable solution to this problem when and where it exists, the solver has to go to its root and understand its background and its evolution from the beginning point to its present state. Once the mechanism of the lock is under his grasp, he can very well design the appropriate key to unlock it and allow the closed joys to come out for good.

Parichay starts when an unemployed urban youth - Ravi (Jeetendra) gets the temporary job of a tutor in a village where his maternal uncle (A.K. Hangal) and maternal aunt (Leela Mishra) live. He has to tutor a group of children who are the grandchildren of a rich landlord - Raai Saheb (Praan) who lives with his sister - Sati (Veena). The children needing tuition are four but actually these are five siblings with Ramaa (Jaya Bhaduri), the grown-up one, being the eldest. They are orphan because their parents are dead. Their father - Neelesh (Sanjeev Kumar) had married against the wish of his father who being a stern patriarch, did not accept it and expelled his son and daughter-in-law from his home. Neelesh lived his life outside his father's home in extreme poverty and once his wife was dead, the grief-stricken himself remained sick also for the remaining part of his life. His children took their grandfather only as the reason behind the plight and the untimely demise of their father and though being devoid of any alternative before them, they came to live with their grandfather after their father passed away, they could never give forgive him. And this hatred only is visible in their obstinance, arrogance and naughtiness.

The naughtiness of the children targets the tutors kept by their grandpa for them and prior to Ravi's taking over the job, many teachers have been made to run away. Ravi understands on the first day of his job itself that whatever is visible is only the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot to know for him if at all he has to perform his job successfully. He befriends the children and gradually comes to know everything that is buried in the past but raises its head in the undesirable conduct of the children. He is able to feel the hatred filled in the young hearts for their grandpa though he is not that a bad person. Neither was he the enemy of his the only son (that is, Neelesh, the children's father). Whatever happened because he's always been a man of principles and has never been ready to compromise with them. Ravi turns the hatred in the young hearts into love, respect and virtues and their naughtiness, arrogance and obstinance evaporate in a few days. The ice between the grandpa and the grandchildren gets broken and finally, the stage arrives where they are no longer strangers for each other. Their introduction (Parichay) has taken place. Ravi gets a job in the city and moves out in the absence of Raai Saheb. However meantime, love has also blossomed in the hearts of Ravi and Ramaa which becomes known to Raai Saheb and he ensures their union.

The movie boasts of great performances. Jumping Jack Jeetendra has delivered one of the best performances of his acting career. Jaya Bhaduri has also done well. Praan is all pervasive in the movie on the strength of his powerful performance. All the child artists have rendered heart-conquering performances, especially the very little Master Raaju. The complete supporting cast (including Sanjeev Kumar) is perfect in place. Vinod Khanna is hilarious in his cameo as Ravi's friend.

The story has a rural milieu. The beauty of the village life is scattered in every nook and corner of this movie. There's simplicity to the maximum without even an ounce of lavishness. The movie is interesting throughout and its duration is perfect.

R.D. Burman's music contains unforgettable songs like Beeti Na Bitaai Raina (in the voice of Lata and Bhupinder) and Sare Ke Saare Gaama Ko Lekar Gaate Chale (Asha). However the song which is immortal for me is Musafir Hoon Yaaro, Na Ghair Hai Na Thikaana, Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai, Bas Chalte Hi Jaana which has been sung by Kishore Kumar. Gulzaar himself has written beautiful lyrics for all the songs.

Gulzaar is now considered a legend of Indian cinema. Parichay is a masterpiece by him. No lover of quality cinema should miss it.


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