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Samay Ki Dhaara (1986)

Ambitious Delhi-based Design Engineer Ajay Verma weds traditional and conservative Madhvi, both live a middle-class lifestyle, until Ajay opens a business under his wife's name. Then both ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
... Ajay Verma
... Madhvi A. Verma / Madhvi V. Kapoor
... Dr. Vinod Kapoor
... Rashmi A. Verma (as Tina Munim)
Asit Kumar Sen ... Ghasita (as Asit Sen)
... Ajay's employee (as Dr. Shreeram Lagoo)
... Madhvi's Poofi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramesh Goyal ... Prakash (as Ramesh Goel)
Master Ravi ... Aroop a. Verma
Baby Shilpa ... Pinky V. Kapoor
Master Vikas ... Pappu V. Kapoor


Ambitious Delhi-based Design Engineer Ajay Verma weds traditional and conservative Madhvi, both live a middle-class lifestyle, until Ajay opens a business under his wife's name. Then both have differences, grow apart despite of giving birth to a son, Aroop, so much so that they decide to separate. When Madhvi finds out that Ajay is having a relationship with Rashmi, she decides to wed widower, Dr. Vinod Kapoor, and moves in with him and his two children, Pappu and Pinky, in Krishnanagar. It is here that she will find that Aroop has become a problem child and may have to decide sending him to live with Ajay and Rashmi. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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19 December 1986 (India)  »

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The film had a delayed release due to the law suit filed by the writer of the book Aap Ka Bunty. Samay Ka Dhara was based on the novel. See more »


Remake of Samay Bada Balwan (1985) See more »


Maa Meri Maa, Pyaari Pyaari Maa
Performed by Jayshri Shivram
Lyrics by M.G. Hashmat
Composed by Jugal Kishore, Tilak Raj
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An ordinary family drama with a terrible ending
17 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

As a child I quite liked Samay Ki Dhaara although the ending left me stricken. I thought time would make its own and after a repeated viewing I can say that this film is quite an ordinary family drama which tries to convey a social message of how destructive a divorce can be and particularly how it affects children who are left in the middle to struggle all alone, wanting to be with both parents but being forced to live with only one of them. The film tells the story of Ajay and Madhvi, who decide to part ways when ideological differences seem to take them nowhere in their relationship. Their son Aroop stays with his mother, and soon both Ajay and Madhvi find solace in new relationships with other people and remarry. Everything seems fine for them, but Aroop feels lonely in a new house with his mother's second husband and his two kids, with whom he does not manage to get along. The film feels like an ordinary Hindi drama of its sort all through - at times effective, at times boring, at times just okay. Its narrative style was pretty good - very mainstream throughout yet an occasionally realistic portrayal of marriage and divorce in modern Indian families of those times. But everything was ruined by the tragic, typical, melodramatic and overdone ending. Yes, that kind of a turn could have happened anywhere, but it was incredibly extreme in this movie and it's the only thing one can think of once the movie ends.

The film stars a group of famous actors, all of whom do well but none going beyond the ordinary. Shabana Azmi is very convincing, but then, she always is. The film did not really bring the best out of her - at times she rose above the script, sincerely displaying a range of moving emotions, and at times she was let down by it, being made to look like one of those regular traumatised Hindi drama queens. Anyway, hers is definitely the best performance in the film but this one is certainly not another Arth in her career. Shatrughan Sinha is actually very good in this role of a stylish ego-driven businessman, a role he did not really have the chance to play that often. I've had a soft spot for Tina Munim since watching her wonderful debut performance in Basu Chatterjee's classic gem Baton Baton Mein, in which she looked super hot, and here too she is attractive and well cast. Vinod Mehra is efficiently restrained in his role. The kid who plays Aroop was okay at times, but he was too whiny to be credible, and not even once did I feel for his character. Anyway, Samay Ki Dhaara is not a bad film and it was an okay one-time watch for me. Lovers of Hindi cinema would certainly find the movie interesting and moving. For me it was an ordinary family drama which drastically turned into a tearjerker while it easily could and would have been better had the writer chosen a different ending other than the typicality.

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