Burma-based widow, Parvati, along with two sons, Prem and Rajesh, re-locates to Bombay to live with her late husband's friend and widower, Sewakram, and his two daughters, Shanti and Durga.... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Rajesh (as Ajay Sahni)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kailash Chopra ...
Jagdish - Kalpana's brother
C.S. Dubey ...
Kalpana's dad (as Dubey)
Nasir Hussain ...
Sewakram (as Nazir Hussain)
Sulochana Latkar ...
Parvati (as Sulochana)
Shabnam ...
Mrs. Pereira
Jayshree T. ...
Kalpana's friend


Burma-based widow, Parvati, along with two sons, Prem and Rajesh, re-locates to Bombay to live with her late husband's friend and widower, Sewakram, and his two daughters, Shanti and Durga. He returns some cash and jewelery to her that was entrusted to him, and she re-locates to live in a big bungalow. Shortly thereafter, Prem and Rajesh get married to Shanti and Durga respectively. The entire family live harmoniously until Parvati is told by Mrs. Pereira that Prem has been physically abusing his pregnant wife. Parvati and Rajesh undertake to rein-in Prem - and it this overture that will not only shatter their idyllic lifestyle but force both brothers to take up arms against each other. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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great story, great music plus social and political commentary
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never commented on a film on this website before but after seeing the horrible ratings people have given this film I was compelled to set the record straight. This is one of the greatest bollywood films every made. Granted an appreciation of bollywood is an acquired taste this film is one of the most accessible to western audiences. I am an western so i know from where i speak. The story is combination of politics, history, love and sports (cricket to be exact and you will even learn something about how cricket is played)

The music and lyrics are poignant and beautiful. Yes bollywood movies are musicals. The songs in this one deal with British imperialism, love, nature, and life. Most of the dance numbers are staged outside. Some with big flourishes with the entire village dancing. Other times intimate songs and dances that capture the passion of two people in love. The traditional Indian dances are exhilarating and the singing will leave you breathless. Sometimes the songs do repeat themselves so just fast forward them a little. But all in all the musical numbers are captivating and exhilarating.

The plot dealing with British imperialism will teach you a history lesson. Political intrigue and an interracial love are the glue that hold it together. You will see the clash between Indian culture and British rule. This film will give you a look into an exotic land that few of us will ever see. And for this alone you should see this film.

Do not overlook seeing this movie. This is a musical that uses the power of song and dance to tell a timeless story of people overcoming adversity against tyranny and oppression.

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