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Baghban (2003)

An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others.

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Ajay Malhotra
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Sanjay Malhotra
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Rohit Malhotra
Nasir Khan ...
Karan Malhotra
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Kiran Malhotra
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Reena Malhotra
Arzoo Govitrikar ...
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Payal Malhotra
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Rahul Malhotra
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Hemant Patel
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Shanti Patel
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Ram Avtaar
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Alok Raj (Special Appearance)
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Raj Malhotra and wife Pooja have four sons. The sons have settled down professionally and are quite independent. However, when Raj Malhotra retires, none of his children want to be burdened with the responsibility of taking care of their parents. Strangely, it is the adopted son who proves to be the most kind hearted of them all. Salman's girlfriend eventually marries him. The question is, will Raj and Pooja's sons learn the folly of their ways and turn over a new leaf? Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Can you depend on your family?

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3 October 2003 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Baghban - Und am Abend wartet das Glück  »

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$1,100,000, 14 November 2003
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2.35 : 1
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When Amitabh Bachchan wanted a climax speech, that would leave everyone speechless, he requested writer Javed Akhtar to write the lines for him. Javed obliged to do so. Also, Salman Khan asked his father Salim Khan to write a few lines, before Amitabh's speech. Just minutes before the shoot, Salman called his father and asked him to write the script insisting that he could do so even in half an hour. Flattered by son's compliments Salim wrote the script, which was acceptable to Ravi Chopra. See more »

Goofs

Raj asks Pooja about her ice-cream and Pooja reveals she is having chocolate ice-cream. However, seconds later it shows she is having vanilla. See more »

Quotes

Raj Malhotra: Will you be my... uh... Valentine?
Pooja Malhotra: [laughing] What are you saying? For forty years I have been your Valentine!
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Referenced in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005) See more »

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Holi Khele Raghuveera
Sung by Amitabh Bachchan, Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik
Composed by Adesh Shrivastava
Lyrics by Sameer
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an old story comes a time when it really has to be retold
13 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Baghban - the first curiosity came with what the name rely meant. And the second curiosity was that could Hema still look so stunning!! The second one was yes she can!!! And as for the first one it came after watching the movie. I understood why its meant to mean the caretaker or Guardian. The movie is trying make a metaphoric relationship between an individual and their family and comparing it to a garden. Your family are like a garden, you have to slave over it and look after it for it to flourish and thrive, and any neglect will result in a weeded unattractive piece of earth. But the relationship that one has with their garden is very interactive - the gardener will put all their effort in trying to get a thriving garden and in turn the garden will reward the gardener with a sense of achievement, and fruits of labour.

This is the topic that Baghban is tackling - family life, and more specifically the life of the elderly. All their lives, our parents thrive the give us the best, to ensure all our wishes and dreams are achieved, to ensure that our lives are given more priority over theirs. But in this modern world what is excepted in return? Maybe the saying is true - nothing is free is this world - not even the love from your parents. Can we say that there is an expectation from our parents that we should look after them in their old age? Is it a sense of duty? NO - it is essence of humanity and gratitude that we should foster and love those that have loved us - and should not be obliged to do so but cause we want to do so. If we look around us there are so many children that have been abandoned, abused or neglected - so we should be grateful that we are not one of them and its are parents that are responsible for it.

The essence of this story has been integrated into Baghban with Amitabh and Hema being the head of the household. Both churning out wonderful performances. It was great to see Hema after such a long time and looking still fab as memory recollects from the 70's. Amitabh delivered a wonderful performance as a hurt, angry and confined old man, and its good to see such roles being written for him. The pair together brought a sense of love and comfort not seen onscreen for quite some time. Their four sons and their families give out appropriate performances and help to pull the movie along. Also the guest appearances are good and adequate. The show stealer has to be Paresh Rawal. Indirectly or intentionally the guest appearances and Paresh characters iterate the fact that friends you can choose, but family you can't - and in times of need it is your friends that stand by you and not your family.

The story has been told many a times before but maybe because it is made now at a time when such a message has to be iterated again, or it was the combination of direction and acting that made this a memorable experience. The movie has its down points, but they are thin and varied and can be expected when tacking such a subject in a such a short time. In all it is not a good movie, it's a great movie, but remember take your box of Kleenex with you.


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