1/8 songs from the film Waqt (1965) that set the trend for an ensemble cast with Yash Chopra designing a template to be typified in films to come. Another lost and found mega sized family story with a typical fabulous 60s’ Hindi cinema ending: HAPPY. Women in the film, the inimitable mom Achala Sachdev and the leading ladies Sadhana and Sharmila Tagore are portrayed brilliantly in powerful characters, all of them oozing with confidence and looking stunningly beautiful.
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Dance floor, bright lights - red and white, star studded scene with fine wine, gorgeous costumes, black suits, svelte and stylish, silken saris, diamond necklaces, not a hair in the air. Phew..what an overview of opulence!!
Somewhere in the middle of the song, Vijay (played by Shashi Kapoor) hears that his mother Laxmi (played by Achala Sachdev) is seriously ill. Vijay, the baby of Kedarnath’s family of 3 sons, is a college graduate and his education was supported by Ma Laxmi’s sheer hard work and years of sacrifice. Every year, Ma cries for Vijay on his birthday, for Vijay (who was Munna when the family was separated) was still a toddler in Ma’s arms. Incidentally, all 3 sons shared the same birthday!
A classic example of “A lot can happen over a song” with plenty to watch, for there’s progress aplenty of the story, while you listen to this one of a clutch of super hit songs. Soulful song with lyrics centered around philosophy. Not to worry. Sahir doesn’t drive us into depression. It’s all about ‘being in the dark’ about past and the future, hence best is to light up the present, i.e., This Moment. What a coincidence it is! ...for, matching with this meaning is a fleeting moment in the song when the shimmering lady behind the mic is glistening under bright lights while we, the viewers almost lose sight of the rest in the dark. Notice this during the singing of la…la…la….la just before the line “ is pal ki jalwo ne…
Film: Waqt (1965) Director: Yash Chopra Producer: B R Chopra Music Composer: Ravi
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi Singer: Asha Bhosle Actors: Ensemble CastSunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Achala Sachdev, Rehman
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