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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

beautiful film....

Author: JAGDEVS
14 February 2003

A very beautiful and touching film about a deaf and dumb girl with a passion for indian classical dance. ufortunately her stepmother and step sister do not like her and treat her like an invalid. She meets an simple good hearted street musician who plays the dafli(hand drum).after his promises to her dying father make sure that she was happy. the story takes on several turns through several hardships faced between the two. Before he realises the love shared between them.The soundrack to this film is beautiful and combies the sound of the dafli(hand drum) and the ghungroo(ankle bells) beautifuly. especially in the song "dafli wale!" Its a shame that they dont make interesting films like these anymore...

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Hokum Schmokum

5/10
Author: masala-1
12 January 2003

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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Cool blast from the past

8/10
Author: suchenwi (suchenwi@o2online.de) from Konstanz, Germany
25 December 2008

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This film was dubbed to Russian in 1982, by Mosfilm, under the title Ritmy Pesen, and in recent years combined with 9 other Indian movies on a single double-sided DVD - no mean feat! My daughter brought it as a Xmas gift from Kazakhstan - oh, the wonders of globalisation..

Even though I don't understand much Russian, this was a pleasurable experience (of course made easier by the fact that the heroine is deaf-mute. Disbelief is easily suspended when she sings in song & dance numbers - we all know those are playback ;^). You have to invest some 3 hours, but I found them worth it. And from the sketchy treatment of some subplots (kidnappers, police), it might have needed even more.

I thought the drum had the most important prop role, especially during the failed wedding, and when beaten by the girl. The resulting music of course adds to the pleasure. And the climax with the prisoners in the snake temple on the rock, ringing the bell in their own blood... That was sure classic.

All in all, a nice old piece of Bollywood. 8/10 for me.

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Jayaprada's Debut

10/10
Author: Sandip Patel from United States
1 March 2007

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I fell in love with Jayaprada after seeing this film.... I can honestly say that I have probably seen Sargam over 100 times... The songs are amazing and Jaya was just remarkable... Throughout the whole film she portrayed a mute character and she expressed her acting skills through her body language... This was also her first debut into Hindi Cinema and after this film she made her entry into Bollywood... Rishi Kapoor's role in the film was great as well...

The Dafli Wale song has become so popular that even today its heard over and over again.. I am sure you will enjoy this movie as well and I Highly recommend you check it out...

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