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A beautiful melodrama with a twisted tale

This is definitely among one of the earliest hit pictures accredited to Mr. Yash Chopra. With the direction captivating and exciting, Rajesh Khanna has rendered his charismatic romantic touch with Sharmila Tagore, which is beautifully filmed by Mr. Chopra. It is indeed, one of the last hit films of the Rajesh Khanna years, who was already experiencing many young celluloid intruders.

 

It has good songs as well as nice direction to call it a super hit. This is one more gem of a movie made under the 'Yash Chopra' banner. The original story was written by Gulshan Nanda who pioneered writing Hindi romantic novels in the 70s and early 80s. Raakhee was the surprise package of this movie who looked far better than seasoned actress Sharmila Tagore. The king of romance Rajesh Khanna was at his usual best.

 

In the ethereal atmosphere of snows and mountains, where blue skies kiss verdant valleys, where sunrise and sunset and the sweet songs of the nightingales compose a vivid melody of youth and weave colourful patterns of beauty, the poetry of their first love unfolds. It is an unusual, partly forced love triangle which is a result of a series of tragic events in the life of three characters in the movie.

 

This may be the most aptly named film in the history of Indian cinema. It’s an all-out early Yash Chopra romance: boy and girl fall in love, marry despite opposition, are separated tragically, and then reunited but with big obstacles to their happiness. Particularly satisfying are Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Their performances are enhanced by the sets of snowy Himachal Pradesh and beautiful songs courtesy of Laxmikant Pyarelal with stunning lyrics from the great Sahir Ludhianvi.

 

The film begins with one of these songs 'Hum Aur Tum'  as we are introduced to Sunil (Rajesh Khanna) and Sonia (Sharmila Tagore), who are young, madly and passionately in love.

 

Sharmila's performance is wonderful; Raakhee plays her role perfectly that won her a Filmfare Award. As for Rajesh, he defines romance.

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