Monday, March 25, 2002

Isn't it great when your folks start recommending sites to you via email? I feel great today

Movie for the evening: KASME VAADE (Rose Movies, 1978)
starring Raakhee Gulzar(Suman), Amitabh Bachchan(Amit/Shankar), Randhir Kapoor(Raju), Neetu Singh(Neeta), Vijayendra with special appearances by Rekha and Amjad Khan(Judah)
Music: R. D. Burman Produced and Directed by Ramesh Behl (perhaps the only producer to stick with one music director for all his films)

extract from SCREENINDIA:
The failure of Dil Diwana made Ramesh Behl and his team sit up and pull up their socks. Their next film had to be a hit. Behl decided to direct it himself. Kasme Vaade was discussed over drinks. Amitabh was a big name then and a good friend of Behl's. He agreed to play a double role in the film. Randhir Kapoor, another good friend who till then had been cast in all of Behl's films, was asked whether he wanted to be a part of the film. He agreed. With Raakhee and Neetu Singh as their lovers, Kasme Vaade went on the floors. Amitabh Bachchan, always the professional, would race with the unit boys to reach the location first, recalls Shrishti Behl. She and Goldie played the roles of school children in the film. This was their acting debuts.
Mile jo kadi kadi... and Kasme vaade nibhayenge hum... caught the audience's fancy. Kasme Vaade was Rose Movies biggest hit.

Good hummable melodies hold up this otherwise flawed film. It could have done with a better editing job. The Big B is dependable as always. Raakhee continues to experiment with her ghastly stares and smiles. Mercifully, she doesn't have long stretches of dialogue. Moments of high melodrama inch dangerously close to (and unfortunately even over) peak. Behl could have done more with the interesting twist in the tale. Commercial concerns however far outweigh any other goals. There are ample moments of trite exchanges on human virtue and goodwill, but the conflict and turmoil of the human mind lie largely unexplored. Amjad's cameo -- a hump-backed Judah -- is interesting enough, but with very few lines and screen moments he ends up a wasted extra. It's interesting to see that Amitabh and Raakhee again play characters so close to the altar, yet so far away. music review

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