Thus the movie starts with this dedication
Then we're introduced to Arun (Dharmendra) who's just been released from Prison, the story goes on a flashback mode where Arun a wealthy and outgoing young man meets and falls in love with a theatre actress Seema (Hema Malini)
When Arun announces his plans to marry Seema, his Mother (Nirupa Roy) is none too pleased her son is getting married to a theatre dancer but Arun persists
Arun is later called to herald the family business, however Prem (Prem Chopra) his brother in law is none too pleased and sets about killing him off by planting a bomb in his plane
Distressed and shattered over Arun's death Seema finds herself unable to perform at the theatre which results in her being fired. If all this heartache wasn't enough for poor Seema, her father dies leaving Seema alone to fend for both herself and her brother
|Poor Seema, I'd be traumatized as well
|Sita-ji!! those sharaab bottles screen caps are for you, Hema Malini sure looks like she enjoys her drink
After a rather long spell of horrid happenings, Seema's world comes alive once more when Arun is found alive, plans are made for their engagement
However on the date of their engagement Seema realises that none other than Prem who had violated her is Arun's brother in law
How will Seema handle Situations, will she call off her marriage to Arun? Will She tell Arun about the heinous act his brother in law committed against her? Will Seema ever be able to catch a break?
Asides from its significance of containing the last recording of a Mohammed Rafi song 'tu kahin aas paas hai dost' (Does anyone know if Mohammed Rafi actually finished recording the song), Aas Paas is well worth paasing over. Of all the Dharema (that's Dharmendra & Hema Malini) films I've seen so far (and trust me I've seen a lot) Aas Paas is by far my least favourite, the performances from both of them was lacklustre, the chemistry and spark they both had in movies like Raja Jani, Naya Zamana etc was missing in this. Perhaps the tawdry soap opera style plot and execution plus the abysmal ending ruined things for me, but I just wasn't pleased with this movie at all and unless you're a die hard Dharema fan like me, I'd say paas on
There were a few things I liked though, I loved Nirupa Roy as Arun's wealthy mother in her stylish spectacles and lovely sari's
Nadira also brought me some enjoyable hammy moments with her character as star whose popularity had declined , I really do wonder if her character as a forgotten legend bears some resemblance to her in the 80's when her popularity must have waned
Lovely t-shirt on Asrani, I remember seeing very similar t-shirts with that exact slogan being very popular a few years ago
And Madhu Malhotra who reminded me an awful lot of Neetu Singh
|the hair style, make up and her whole face screams Neetu!!!
Ok Soundtrack from Laxmikant Pyarelal I remember loving just a coup[le of the songs, the lovely punjabi style number 'shaher mein charcha hai' and Hema Malini in full on daaru-tastic mode in 'hum ko bhi gham ne mara' and my utmost favourite from this film and in fact one of my favourite Dharema songs 'Tumhe dil mein bandh kar loon'
Paisa Vasool Rating: 4.5/10
For those interested in watching Aas Paas its available on youtube* with English Subtitles
*Due to copyright Issues depending on what part of the world you're in, the Video above might not play