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sidsinha6 February 2007
I watched "Manzil (1979)" recently and what struck me was Amitabh Bachchan's acting prowess. This movie is of the period when the thespian was labelled as "an angry young man" and the other movies showed him as such. But this movie is so different. So much economy of movement. An entire song is shown as the actor playing the harmonium with downcast eyes and barely moving his hands. His body language is terrific even when his back is towards the camera. All his dialogs are in close-up and his face changes expression in seconds. It may not be a very well known movie of his but the utmost subtlety with which Amitabh Bachchan acts (does he really ?, it never seems so)proves beyond doubt that he was and still is miles ahead of his contemporaries.
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A different movie
ArvindVyas17 March 2004
Ajay (Played by Amitabh) is a young man. His family consist of himself and his mother. He runs a small factory that make electric equipment like Ammeters etc. The factory has only one single worker / foreman (Played by A K Hangal), who makes sub-standard products and also has lot of financial demands. Instead of running the factory Ajay is more interested in rising socially. He is a good singer too.

Since the goods made by Ajay's factory are substandard, they are returned and he is taken to the court. His life is in jeopardy and now he realizes that being illiterate if his foreman can make the goods why can't he?

This movie is purposeful - a lighthouse for me personally. The story line is simple and effective. Excellent acting by the cast. Excellent music, "Rimjhim Ghire Sawan ..." stays apart. This is a refreshing movie.
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One of Amitabh's underrated films also great music
silvan-desouza4 January 2016
Warning: Spoilers
In 1970s, especially towards the latter part, AB mostly featured in big films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.etc However he did too films for Hrishikesh Mukherjee,Basu Chaterjee. MANZIL released in 1979 however it's making started perhaps in 1973-1974, The film has avery identifiable plot,regarding AB who wants to make it big in his career and fakes to his girlfriend about his riches, the scenes between him and his friend Prakash are superb, also the romance is treated well. The film runs only for around 2 hours and hardly of any commercial ingredient seems unnecessary added. The film does get slow yet it's handled well and doesn't bore you

Direction is good Music by RD Burman was awesome,Rimjhim Gire Sawan both versions became a huge hit, sung by Kishore and Lata respectively. Tum Ho Meri is also awesome, other songs are superb

Amitabh Bachchan's looks keeping shifting between 1973-1974 to 1978 because of the delay but his performance is superb, he is very believable in the role Mousami Chaterjee with whom he pairs after BENAAM is good too in her role Rakesh Pandey as Prakash is apt, Satyen Kapoo is awesome Lalita Pawar is as usual,Ak Hangal is superb too
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Not your typical 70's Bollwyood film
ramanyc25 November 2014
Manzil starts out with one of my favorite songs to come out of Hindi cinema; the catchy, "Rhim Ghim Giri Sawan" by RD Burman (sung by Kishore Kumar). From there, the movie takes a decidedly subtle journey thru the relationship between Amitabh and the lead actress. Their chemistry really comes thru the screen. The movie is gorgeous, intelligently written, very watchable, believable, and most shockingly of all: the characters all act reasonably. Even the 'villain' has very good reasons for his actions. The story also deals with class, wealth, ambition, and the blind optimism of people just starting out. It's one of the most underrated films in Old Bollywood and it definitely deserves more attention, especially if a person is a fan of Amitabh, but tired of seeing the same old "angry young man" films he was so famous for.
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