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Pehchan (1970)

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Bombay-based Barkha lives a wealthy lifestyle with her widowed mom and brother, Rakesh, who is to marry a wealthy woman by the name of Maya. Barkha meets with a naive man from Vishnupur by ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Manoj Kumar ...
Gangaram 'Ganga' Ramkishan
Babita Kapoor ...
Barkha
Balraj Sahni ...
Ex-Firefighter
Sailesh Kumar ...
Rajiv 'Raju'
Chand Usmani ...
Champa
Tun Tun ...
Ganga's prospective bride
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Maya's dad
Lata Bose ...
Maya
C.S. Dubey ...
Sunder
Daisy Irani ...
Rani
Kuljeet ...
Rakesh
Sulochana Latkar ...
Barkha's mom
Rajrani ...
Maya's mom
Keshav Rana ...
Rakesh's employee
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Bombay-based Barkha lives a wealthy lifestyle with her widowed mom and brother, Rakesh, who is to marry a wealthy woman by the name of Maya. Barkha meets with a naive man from Vishnupur by the name of Gangaram who has come to Bombay to get married. His marriage was arranged with Duriya Choudhry's daughter, but Choudhry decided to get his daughter married elsewhere after he finds out that Gangaram does not know English, is unemployed, and has virtually no future prospects. Barkha and Gangaram are attracted to each other, so much so that he introduces her to his sister, Champa, and an ex-firefighter who they live with. Barkha and Gangaram come even closer after she finds out that the ex-firefighter had actually saved her life when their house had caught fire. When Barkha's brother and mom come to know that she wants to marry Gangaram they are enraged and refuse to accept him as their in-law. But when Barkha persuades them, they relent, and Rakesh goes to Gangaram's house to discuss ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Wo Pari Kahan Se Laun, Teri Dulhan Jise Banaun
Sung By Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur & Shraddha Sinha
Lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri
Music by Jaikishan Dayabhai Pankal & Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi
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19 March 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

An impossibly innocent villager named Ganga comes to the big city to find a girl who would agree to become his wife. The first girl he meets is actually a troubled prostitute named Champa whom he manages to rescue from the brothel she has been in for some time. He takes her home and in a most typical Hindi film style, announces her as his sister. Along with them lives a crippled middle-aged man. Ganga falls for a beautiful girl named Barkha, and her parents agree to have them married, but alas, Barkha's brother Rakesh identifies Champa and the marriage is cancelled as a result. A short flashback reveals that in the past Rakesh and Champa were lovers, she left her home to marry him, but he refused to accept her and literally sold her in a brothel.

A very typical kind of a story which is quite boring at times, Pehchan is a rather melodramatic fare which does not really work. It has its moments and the music is very good, but on the whole it just doesn't make sense. The script is poorly written, the dialogues are often clichéd, and the characters lack depth. Manoj Kumar plays the male lead, and he is downright annoying as the overly innocent and naive young man. In all fairness, it is the script which lets him down. Babita is pretty, but she too is cast in a rather ordinary role. The saving grace is of course Balraj Sahni who is good as always, while Chand Usmani gets the meatiest part and does pretty well. I say give this movie a skip, there's nothing particularly good to look out for in it.


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