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Gangaa Jamunaa and Saraswathi the most pious rivers, create a unique holy merger, popularly known as "Sangam". Likewise the characters of our story Gangaa Jamunaa and Saraswathi desire to meet and merge in love of each other. Gangaa Jamunaa begin to love each other and pledge to become one, Saraswati silently loves Gangaa, and dedicates her life to him. However there are many, who would like to separate the happy lovers. There is Hansraj, who does it, and with the result Jamuna separates from Gangaa. Jamuna reaches Shanker's home, Shanker who already loved her becomes extremely happy finding Jamuna in his home. In the meantime Saraswati was about to come closer to Ganga. When Hansraj, who had earlier swindled the property of Ganga's father by illegal means wanted to get rid of the rightful owner Ganga, he got Ganga shot. Ganga was badly wounded and there was no hope of his survival.Written by
Crocodiles, An Amnesiac Gypsy, A Virgin Prostitute, A Milk-Drinking Snake, A Truck Driver That 'Dances' Like Michael Jackson and much more of this...What's not to enjoy?
I have heard many negative reviews and also am aware of the fact that 'Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi' was a major flop during the year of its release. As a child, this was one of my favourite movies and I had the chance to revisit this one after about 17 years and I have got to say that I still find it entertaining but in a way that one would enjoy a campy film. It is so bad that it's good. While it holds nostalgic value for me, it is overall more enjoyable than other campy flicks of the time like the overrated 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Mard', 'Coolie' etc (all made by Manmohan Desai).
Let's go to the (well intended) good parts. Kader Khan's sharp witty dialogues are hilarious. It's a pity that he doesn't write for movies anymore as many films lack the necessary wit to charm the viewer. Secondly, the performances by Meenakshi Sheshadri, Jaya Prada and Mithun Chokroborty are brilliant. Sheshadri is incredibly beautiful and her Jamunaa is vivacious, charming and streetsmart. Her performance is very natural. Jaya Prada is wonderful as the virgin prostitute, I mean, virgin cabaret singer and dancer in a brothel (confused?) who doesn't dare to dream of getting married and living a decent respectable life with a husband. Chokroborty is a little loud at times but he is impressive when restrained and his unrequited love for Jamunaa is well displayed.
It was a welcome change to see Amitabh Bachchan (who was recognized at that time for his on screen angry-man image) a lot more mellow and laidback, even though he's a little too old for his role. Nirupa Roy was the formulaic mother. Amrish Puri is fun as Gangaa's evil maternal uncle.
The third strong point, is the beautiful locations. I miss watching those marvelous locales of India that one used to see in older movies. In contrast, nowadays most movies concern themselves either with showing the slums of India or the posh sights of America, Europe and whatever.
The music is of the foot-tapping and catchy sort and some of them have very good lyrics. I liked how 'Saajan Mera' and 'Churiyan Khanki' were visualized on the drop dead gorgeous Meenakshi Sheshadri. The movie's got quite a variety of songs: qawali, mujra, semi-bhangra, religious etc. 'Nachegi Saraswati' is another catchy song where of course one sees Jaya Prada dancing on a moving truck (this sequence is an example of one of the worst blue screen filters ever).
On the technical side, the special effects are abysmal and the cinematography is flat. The sound effects are poor and so is the lighting at times but it's a colourful movie and all of this adds to the campiness.
Aside the expected songs appearing out of nowhere, the random dishum dishum scenes and the gazillion coincidences, you have: Jaya Prada as a virgin prostitute dancing on a moving truck (as mentioned earlier), Amitabh Bachchan doing a Michael Jackson number (this one is laugh out loud material), Meenakshi Sheshadri banging her head on a rock and consequently losing her memory (amnesia being a required Manmohan Desai ingredient), Mithun Chokroborty and Amitabh Bachchan getting two year jail sentences because Amrish Puri had them arrested. Amitabh fighting with crocodiles and carrying one on his back, Meenakshi sleeping in an upside down bathtub, a feather that plays a rat, an unintentionally funny sex scene, a baby falling right inside a tire that rescues him from drowning, Amitabh stopping a fire with an axe, a milk drinking snake, a villain having his head eaten by a crocodile ...and so much more of such fun stuff...how could one not expect a cinematic adventure? :)
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