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Katha (1983)

| Comedy, Drama
Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Rajaram Purshotam Joshi
Farooq Shaikh ... Bashudev (Bashu)
Deepti Naval ... Sandhya Sabnis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jalal Agha Jalal Agha ... Himself
Valerie Agha Valerie Agha ... Herself - Model
Tinnu Anand
Sudha Chopra Sudha Chopra ... Club Singer
Suhasini Deshpande Suhasini Deshpande ... Mrs. Sabnis
Arun Joglekar Arun Joglekar ... Sabnis Bhau
Veeni Paranjape Joglekar Veeni Paranjape Joglekar ... Jaijaiwanti 'Jojo' Dhindoria
Yatin Karyekar ... Dancer
Rita Rani Kaul Rita Rani Kaul ... Rajaram's colleague
Leela Mishra ... Dadi Amma
Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai ... Anuradha Dhindoria
Sarika ... Herself


Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose his love for her. Rajaram's fast-tallking friend, Bashudev (Farooq Shaikh) comes for a visit and makes himself at home. Bashudev starts wooing Sandhya and soon both in love with each other. The Karniks decide to marry Sandhya and Bashudev, much to misery of Rajaram. But on the day of the engagement, Bashudev disappears, and the engagement is called-off. Rajaram offers to marry the devastated Sandhya, but she tells him that she has been very intimate with Bashudev, and is pregnant, and it remains to be seen if Rajaram will accept Sandhya or otherwise. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Deepti Naval creatiing major problems for Sai Paranjpye during Chashme Buddoor. Sai vowed never to work with her again. Deepti appologised and was back in Katha. But once again she reported late go the sets causing delays in the production of the film. See more »


Remade as Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu (1988) See more »

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The true Indian masterpiece
4 July 2008 | by ashish-alexanderSee all my reviews

The movie brilliantly captures the nuances of Indian middle class in the eighties. After the political turmoil of seventies there was a need to go back to larger issues of our common lives. How should we live together? And how basic human goodness will help us overcome any setback? Rajaram, even though a malleable character, is a true hero. The character is amazingly envisaged by Sai Pranjpe and masterfully depicted by Naseeruddin Shah. I think his agitation on hearing about the need of O -ve blood group for a young boy must go down in the history of Indian cinema as one of the most powerful scenes. His sequences with invalid Bapu are razor sharp, both in conception as well as execution. He will take care of every little need of the week before he lays claim to his right. Self-sacrifice is the hallmark of this unlikely hero of new emerging India. Youcan't miss the fact that Rajaram is modelled on god Rama. Rama is the hero and it's not coincidental that Naseer is Rajaram. Sai Pranjape takes a dig at the ideal man though, who asked his wife to go through a trial by fire. New avatar of Rama goes beyond this qualm. In the same way, Farooq, Vasudev, is modelled on god Krishna. Farooq for me was outstanding. Period. Grreat performance. The way he plays on the insecurities of people is so subtle. Sandhya (Deepti Naval) surrenders it all the moment she's led by Vasudev to say, I'm liberated.

The movie touches on all aspects of life. many layers of man-woman relationship (think about all the different couples in the movie, one by one), social satire (parties, clandestine affairs), celebration of simple life style (parathas, borrowing milk), no glossing over hard realities of our daily lives (water problem and common toilets, for instance). In all this we find life is indeed beautiful. We don't need an overdose of foreign location to be convinced of that fact.

Sai Pranjpe wrote a new epic for the modern India.

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