- Veda Handa (Cinema Club)
Starring: Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma, Moushmi Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, Aruna Irani, T.P. Jain
Run time: 141 minutes
Once upon time, long long before Sajid Khan took upon himself the task of adapting Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors into the nauseating Humshakals, there lived a genius named Gulzar who made a low-budget, albeit a beautiful version of the same, named Angoor.
Starring Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma in double roles, Angoor follows the proverbial tale of two sets of twins separated at birth and the hilarity that ensues when the four cross paths (and spouses!). Although the film has a classic (and seemingly clichéd) plot, the beauty lies in its ensemble cast. Sanjeev Kumar’s spontaneity, Deven Verma’s award-winning timing, Moushmi Chatterjee, Aruna Irani and Deepti Naval’s unconventionally chiselled characters, make for a laugh-a-minute riot. Add to the helm, Gulzar- a man bent on giving a fresh lease to his then sinking career as a director, and you have, in Ziya Us Salaam’s words, “Hindi cinema’s best tribute to the saga of mistaken identities.”
Why do I think that Angoor should be the one movie you watch this week? Well, watch it for the amazing star cast. Watch it for the love of Shakespeare. Watch it if you want to know that there can be a Hindi movie that can make you laugh without middle-aged men dressed in drag or heroes pathetically competing with dogs for their late father’s estate or without caricatures of people of various linguistic groups, sexual orientations and special needs. Watch it to know the kind of cinema that made people take comedy seriously in India; the kind of cinema that can be aesthetic, sensible, sensitive, and funny all at the same time. Watch it to learn how comedy could be imagined in the Hindi Movie Industry minus the Khans, Shettys and Dhawans.
Watch it right now ! –
P.S- You could also maybe watch it for the dude in the movie who keeps asking the jeweller for the time of the day, who happens to be the writer’s Great Uncle! :P
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