Prem Rog (Love Sick) is a 1982 romantic movie directed by the showman himself 'Mr Raj kapoor', the movie became a box office super hit upon its release in 1982.
Prem Rog tells the story of a wealthy girl Manorama (Padmini Kolhapure) and Devdhar (Rishi Kapoor) a lower class man whom her grandfather Raja Thakur (Shammi Kapoor) had sponsored to higher education
Upon Devdhar's return to the village from Higher Education, he and Manorama develop a deep friendship and Devdhar falls in love with her. When Devdhar's sister Radha discovers he's in love with Manorama, she warns him about the gap in their status and urges her brother to marry someone in a similar status as himself, but Devdhar disagrees, and tells her of his intention to ask for Manorama's hand in Marriage. Upon getting to Manorama's house he finds out she's being married off to someone else. Devdhar is heartbroken, but he hides his pain from Manorama who is excited about getting marriedShortly after Manorama's marriage to Monty, she returns home briefly for a day and Monty promises to pick her up the next day. On his way Monty loses control of his car which leads to his death
(Interesting symbolism, when her husbands car crashes, Manorama's bangle shatter synonymously)
Following the death of her husband, Manorama is put in charge of the household by her sister in law (Tanuja), as Manorama settles into the household, her life gets interrupted once more when her drunken brother in law (Raza Murad) rapes her
A distraught Manorama then returns to her father's home, where she's denied her former priviledges by her Aunt (Sushma Seth), who insists on making life different for her, as she's now a widow. Through all this Manorama finds comfort in her mother (Nanda) and Devdhar who attempts to bring happiness back into her life
What would life be like for Manorama, will Devdhar still love her, What will society make of her as a raped widow, Will the traditions of society let Manorama remarry?
Prem Rog was an entertaining watch and Raj kapoor does a great job of highlighting the issue of how tradition often stifles peoples lives through the back drop of what could have just been a 'boy meets girl they fall in love' type story.
Other issues the film explored that really touched me include how the Rich set the standard for the rest of society, and how those at the lower strata of society often have no voice/power. Another movie that touches on the theme of tradition stifling peoples lives was the 2006 Rani Mukherjee/ Salman Khan movie Baabul, however baabul didn't touch me as much as Prem Rog did.
Padmini Kolahapure's performance was superb, i'm surprised she was only 16/17 at the time this movie was shot, she also became the second youngest actress after Dimple Kapadia for Bobby to win a filmfare award for her role in Prem Rog.
The songs of Prem Rog were scored by the fabulous Laxmikant Pyarelal, who as usual provided the film with wonderful songs, from the upbeat Main hoon prem rogi, to the flirty Mohabbat hai kya which includes a trippy dream sequence in classic Raj kapoor style
A mid tempo item number 'Yeh Pyaar Tha' with the sultry Asha Sachdev
The beautiful 'Bhanvre ne khilaya phool phool' shot in the fields of Holland with mouth made bee noises
And my favourite 'Yeh Galiyan'
Total Score: 8/10