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Zinda Dil (1975)

This is the story of two brothers and a father. The brothers are twins Arun Sharma, and Kewal Sharma (both played by Rishi Kapoor), and the father is Major Hemraj Sharma (Pran), a war ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Rishi Kapoor ... Arun Sharma / Kewal Sharma
Neetu Singh ... Jyoti Pratap Chand
Zaheera Zaheera ... Rekha
Pran ... Major Hemraj Sharma
Raj Mehra Raj Mehra ... Rekha's dad
I.S. Johar ... Pinto D'souza / Daya Shankar
Roopesh Kumar Roopesh Kumar ... Ghanshyam Thakur
Pinchoo Kapoor Pinchoo Kapoor ... Diwan Pratap Chand
Sarla Yeolekar Sarla Yeolekar ... Parvati


This is the story of two brothers and a father. The brothers are twins Arun Sharma, and Kewal Sharma (both played by Rishi Kapoor), and the father is Major Hemraj Sharma (Pran), a war veteran who became disabled in the last war, and has to rely on crutches to walk. The Major has a soft corner for Kewal, but shows open disapproval of Arun, thus alienating him. He constantly asks Arun to make sacrifices for Kewal, including giving up his love, Rekha (Zaheera). Heartbroken Arun leaves his father's home and meets an old acquaintance who he had saved from committing suicide, Jyoti (Neetu Singh). Jyoti gets Arun a job at her dad's (Pinchoo Kapoor) Diwan Pratap chand's hotel. Here Arun meets with a hotel waiter who tells him that his mother is still alive. Arun is shocked to note this and asks his mother to accompany him to confront his father. Was Arun's father really that cold-hearted to let go of his wife, and keep this secret from his sons? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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15 April 2006 | by rglantzSee all my reviews

I didn't just see this movie, I am in it. I play the very tall tourist whose bus trip up a mountain is interrupted by a rock-em sock-em fight between action hero Rishi Kapoor and a host of bad guys. Our tour guide is a Bollywood comic character actor, whose identity unfortunately escapes me. This "Mr. Haney" of the subcontinent informs us dim bulb tourists that the battle we are witnessing is Mahabharata, one of the epics of Hindu culture. (This would be akin to telling a tourist to the United States that a barroom brawl in progress is actually the Battle of Gettysburg.) We leave the bus to watch the action, which isn't actually happening in real time, of course. Before we exit the coach, our conman guide persuades us to leave our passports and money with him for safekeeping. We "watch" the battle, doing cut-away reaction shots. Though we tourists were all speaking English on set, our voices are dubbed over in English. For our acting efforts we each received the equivalent $8, plus lunch and a day trip to the mountains. That was in January or February of 1975. Flash forward the late 1990s. Poking around on the Web one day, I wondered if the feature film had ever made it to the silver screen. With only a vague memory of its title, I poked around on various search engines and found Zinda Dil, 1975. A little more searching turned up a VHS copy for $9.95. I now have Indian relatives, including the world's most adorable great-niece and great-nephew. Their maternal grandmother, a darling woman who was born in Gujarat, likes to tease me about being a movie star. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a DVD of this film. Any pointers would be appreciated.

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