MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,960 this week

The Love Chariot (1987)
"Pushpak" (original title)

8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 2,214 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 2 critic

A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 16 May 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 16 Jul 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 22 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 8 months ago
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Love Chariot" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Love Chariot (1987)

The Love Chariot (1987) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Love Chariot.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

Director: Kundan Shah
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve
Hindustani (1996)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry against the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost.

Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nedumudi Venu, Manisha Koirala
Saagar (1985)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Raja, a fisherman is secretly in love with Mona. When wealthy Ravi comes to live with his grandmother, Kamladevi, he sees Mona and falls in love with her. Mona also reciprocates his love. ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy
Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Dimple Kapadia
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Hindi-speaking collegian Sapna lives a wealthy lifestyle in Dona Paula, near Panaji, Goa, India, along with her Professor dad, Kundanlal, and mom. Their immediate neighbors are ... See full summary »

Director: K. Balachander
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Rati Agnihotri, Madhavi
Gol Maal (1979)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man, Bhavani Shankar, who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without a character. Bhavani Shankar is also ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Stars: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma
Nayakan (1987)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A small boy (Ratnavelu) from Tamilnadu sees his father, a labor leader, killed in cold blood by a policeman. He kills the policeman and runs away to the city of Bombay. From there, the ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Janagaraj
Sadma (1983)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A head injury causes a woman to regresses to childhood. Lost and confused, she is eventually befriended by a school teacher.

Director: Balu Mahendra
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Gulshan Grover
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two brothers separated at birth meet as adults and settle old scores.

Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nagesh, Srividya
Mumbai Xpress (2005)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After having spent his entire life in Bombay's Dharavi slums, Digamber feels it is time that he takes steps to improve his lifestyle. He, along with two other slum-dwellers, plot to kidnap ... See full summary »

Directors: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, Dinesh Shailendra
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Pasupathy
Mumbai Xpress (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
Stars: Ramesh Aravind, Shama Deshpande, Dheena Chandra Dhas
Kuruthipunal (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Police officers fight a terror group in India.

Director: P.C. Sreeram
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Arjun, Nasser
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults.

Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Kushboo, Urvashi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Unemployed graduate
Amala Akkineni ...
Magician's daughter (as Amala)
Tinnu Anand ...
Killer
Narayana P.L. ...
Beggar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farida Jalal ...
Magician's wife
Sameer Kakkad
Sameer Khakhar ...
Rich man (as Samir Khakhar)
Ramya Krishnan ...
Rich man's wife (as Ramya)
Loknath ...
Hotel owner (as Lokanath)
Pratap K. Pothen ...
Lover (as Pratap Potan)
K.S. Ramesh ...
Magician
Edit

Storyline

An unemployed youth (Kamal) dreams of living well. One evening, he finds a drunken industrialist (Sameer Khakkar) passed out in a gutter, and takes the opportunity to switch places with him. He finds love, intrigue, and the good life in his new home, Pushpak, a hotel where the industrialist was booked in. A silent masterpiece. Written by Joyojeet Pal

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

10 September 1987 (India)  »

Also Known As:

The Love Chariot  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Hindi Version of this movie is known as Pushpak, and the telugu one is famous by the name Pushpaka Vimanam, the grand chariot of King Ravana from the great epic Ramayana. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Silence Speaks For Itself...
29 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Words are not enough to describe the strengths of this movie of which there are so many that no doubt Pushpak deserves the status of a cult-movie. A silent movie and an intelligent one at that should have shaken up the world of cinema. Alas it was not meant to be. Nevertheless, it is a landmark film. Had it been made in Hollywood, it could have been the "Avatar" of 3D viewing experience.

It tells the story of an unemployed youth Kamal Hassan (undoubtedly the best actor in the world there is) who kidnaps and steals the identity of an alcoholic businessman, locks him in his one room apartment, and starts living the life of his dreams in the hostage's suite in a luxury hotel. What follows next is a mix of Alice-in-Wonderland like excitement; boy meets girl charm; hit man-on-the-lose pandemonium; guilt and redemption - all served with a puff of magic.

Despite having no dialogs, the makers of this movie have managed to create such believably endearing characters that unless you are like me who has watched this movie more than 20 times, you watch with wide eyed wonder at the innovativeness with which each character's story and the situations they find themselves in is revealed. For example in the musical chairs being played out between Kamal Hassan and random characters in front of the public bathroom, each one of them is desperate to out maneuver the other to get the best "seat" and it is a sight to behold. You can't help but marvel at the subtlety with which Kamal Hasssan plays this scene. Even more intriguing is the sequence of events that propels the action from a daily routine like having a surrogate breakfast, romancing the magician's daughter (an irresistible Amla) at a funeral, dodging the hit-man's innovative weapon, to pouring alcohol down the hostage's throat after cleaning his bottom. It's a remarkable mix and you wonder how much of it was improvised.

Interestingly the entire concoction is held together by symbolism and metaphors. The idea of boosting one's ego by drawing inspiration from the story of the clever crow that drops pebbles into a jar to raise the level of water in order to quench its thirst plays out beautifully when the protagonist does the same with a cup of tea. Only this time, he drops knick-knacks into the cup. In another scene, once the protagonist has successfully kidnapped the alcoholic businessman and taken over his identity, for a brief moment, stands in front of the hotel logo that has wings on its sides thus forging the idea that he himself has grown wings and is now ready to explore the world that has been out of his reach so far. The movie also boasts creative situational music, some of which sounds like as if it belongs in a lullaby but seems to gel beautifully with the well choreographed sequences.

Pushpak has a very strong message, especially for the youth, and you don't need spoken words to understand that honesty is still the best policy both in life and in love no matter how bitter-sweet the outcome. If you loved "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro" and "Chashme Buddoor", make it a point to see Pushpak. If not for anything, watch it for Kamal Hassan and witness how he inhabits his quirky character and missteps not even once.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Inspired dolidoki
Where can I buy this film? jenola14
The end makes me cry very dearly - everytime i see it. ramon_zrt
Discuss The Love Chariot (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?