Born with a disability of not being able to talk nor hear, Hema lives with her schoolmaster dad, Chintamani, a stepmother and stepsister. Hema is ill-treated by her stepmother, who is now ... See full summary »

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Jaya Prada ...
Hema Pradhan
Shashikala ...
Savitri Pradhan
Dheeraj Kumar ...
Rajni Sharma ...
Champa Pradhan
Leela Mishra ...
Mausi
Jankidas ...
Landlord
Kamaldeep ...
Rapist
Trilok Kapoor ...
Dinu Chacha
Uma Khosla ...
Prakash's mom
Jeeth Mohan ...
(as Jeethmohan)
Ramdas Malthane ...
(as Ramdas)
Baby Dimple
Babbanlal Yadav ...
Jewellery Store Owner (as Babban)
Yusuf
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Born with a disability of not being able to talk nor hear, Hema lives with her schoolmaster dad, Chintamani, a stepmother and stepsister. Hema is ill-treated by her stepmother, who is now attempting to sell Hema in the guise of getting her married to a much older man, forcing Hema to run away. Raju, a musician, comes to her aid out of compassion, and assists her achieve her goal, to be a dancer. In the process, Hema is attracted to Raju, but is unsure whether he will accept her as she is. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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DAFLI WALE DAFLI BAJA MERE GHUNGHROO BOOLATE HAIN AA
Performed by Rafi, Lata
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Laxmi Pyarelal
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Hokum Schmokum
12 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The music is the main reason why I watched this film. Whenever Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed music, they always took careful consideration of the plot outline of the film. That may not seem like a big deal but it is when there are few music directors in Bollywood who dont have even the faintest idea of what the film that they are producing music for is about. As Rishi Kapoor plays a dafli-wala (drum-beater) in the movie, the music includes a lot of drum sounds. And as Jaya Pradha plays a mute girl who adores traditional Indian dancing, there are classical elements in the music too. Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar excel in the songs they sing. My particular faves are "Mujhe mat roko mujhe gaane do (Do not stop me, Let me sing)", "Ham to chale pardes, hum to pardesi hogaye (We have become foreigners)", and "Dafliwale dafli baja! Main naachoon tu nachaa (Beat the drum and make me dance)".

The plot is pure hokum schmokum. Almost everything is thrown into the plot- evil stepmothers, illnesses, deaths, poverty, unrequited love etc. This is Jaya Pradha's Bollywood debut and she does not utter a single word. Just as well because her Hindi accent probably would have been a bit rough at this early stage in her career (she is originally from the South). In the 1970's and 80's, the Hindi film industry often made films where a disabled character would by some form of miracle be cured by the end of the plot (Amar Akbar Anthony and a more recent example being Koyla). But it's nice to see that Jaya's character remains mute in the happy ending. It enhances the director's message that she is not really disabled, after all, she is capable of expressing herself.

A very ordinary film this but made watchable by the melodious music and the lead pair (Jaya and Rishi Kapoor).


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