Brilliant story, melodious music and outstanding portrayal of characters; Silsila is an epic of love that will always be one of the classics in Bollywood. The movie, after all, comes from the ace director Yash Chopra who had already given hits like Kabhie Kabhie and Kaala Pathar.
Silsila tells about the story about four people, Amit (Amitabh Bachchan), Chandni (Rekha), Priya (Jaya Bachchan) and Dr Anand (Sanjeev Kumar). Amit is a poet and a complete romantic at heart who is in love with Chandni. Sqdr. Leader Shekhar (Shashi Kapoor) is Amit’s brother who is in love with Priya and are about to get married. Fate plays a different game altogether when Shekhar dies in one of his missions leaving Priya, an unmarried pregnant woman. Three lives are changed after the incident when Amit decides to leave Chandni and marry Priya. Years later, Amit and Chandni are brought together again but now, Chandni is married to a warm and simple doctor, Anand. Though their lives are separated, they are drawn close to each other which make them realize that their love still exists. A relationship begins that break the boundaries of the society and their marriage. The movie then focuses on betrayal, regret and realization of the characters.
With perfect casting, the description and the portrayal of the characters are relatable and close to reality. Amitabh Bachchan, as the romantic poet, showcases a brilliant performance which steals the heart of a million. Rekha’s sensuous eyes and her beautiful acting steal the eyeballs and she leaves the audience awed. Sanjeev Kumar, as the charming and the kind- hearted doctor wins the heart of the audience with his light hearted humour. Jaya Bachchan as the strong hearted and the simple wife depicts the idol wife and a tough woman.
The movie has an excellent cinematography and screenplay which pays a treat to the eyes. The story which is extremely sensitive to Indian context, at that time, is treated brilliantly. Music by Shiv Hari is a musical treat which includes evergreen numbers like Dekha Ek Khwab, Rang Barse, Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum and more.
Yash Chopra proved to be an unmatched director by taking up risky subject. The movie was dragged into a controversy because of the extramarital affair content which the audience was not ready to accept.
The movie, though received an average response at box office, is still a classic in Bollywood and which people would watch even after years.