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Garam Coat (1955)

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Girdharilal lives a poor lifestyle in Delhi along with his wife, Geeta, and two daughters and a son. He works as a Money Order Clerk in the Post Office, earns Rs.110/- per Mensem, and wears... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Jewelery shop owner
Chand
Jayant ...
Sher Khan
Rashid Khan ...
Munnilal 'Munni'
Nirupa Roy ...
Geeta
Balraj Sahni ...
Girdharilal 'Girdhari'
Baij Sharma
Vijayalaxmi
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Girdharilal lives a poor lifestyle in Delhi along with his wife, Geeta, and two daughters and a son. He works as a Money Order Clerk in the Post Office, earns Rs.110/- per Mensem, and wears a torn coat that his wife is tired of stitching. One day at work, he makes an error in a money order but does manage to fix it, collects his pay and returns home, refusing to drink alcohol with his co-workers, Sher Khan and Munnilal. He then sets out to buy some snacks and toys for his children and loses a 100 Rupee note. Unable to recollect where he lost it, he decides to kill himself but when he misses the train he returns home and confides in his wife. She assures him that she will manage somehow. He manages to borrow money, even finds a part-time job, to pay off his bills, but is unable to pay his electricity bill. One night he returns home and finds the pantry full. His mind distracted with doubts about his wife's character, he starts making mistakes at both his places of employment, and ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Good, not great.
9 February 2011 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Rajinder Singh Bedi has a repute as one of the big guns of progressive Urdu/Hindi literature, so when I saw his name in the credits, I expected a much better film than what ultimately unfolded. Well, maybe as a writer he didn't have much say as compared to the director; then again, Bedi himself was the producer so he can't be acquitted of the blame entirely. In any case, this is certainly not in the league of 'Dastak' (1970), which Bedi directed himself. The storyline and subject matter are handled with competence, though the pace is a bit awkward and the numerous songs tend to dilute the dramatic intensity. The sudden mood swings and behavioral changes of the central character are at times mystifying and actors are often called on to perform hysterically. At other times, the performances are grounded and subtle, as per the milieu. I would have liked it better if the film didn't become so melodramatic as often as it does, but still, it is a decent enough effort. Nirupa Roy is excellent as the housewife and mother coping with poverty and strife.


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