Monday, 27 February 2012

Chalte Chalte (1976)

Rounding off the segment of significant films maybe not so much for their content but their soundtrack is this cult classic movie with a much sought after pre-disco Bappi Lahiri soundtrack. I love Bappi Lahiri in whatever shape or form and I know many tend to prefer this pre-disco era of Bappi, but I love the man in all forms, both in his pre and post disco era.

Our story begins with Gita (Simi Garewal) who confronts a young man whom she calls Anil claiming to be his wife. However the young man who she claims to be Anil is adamant he's not her husband, and states he is Ravi Kapoor (Vishal Anand)

She persuades him to come home with her, where she claims she has pictures of both of them as a married couple. Ravi (or should I say Anil) reluctantly agrees to go home with her and true to fact, right there in her home is a picture of  Gita and a doppelganger of Anil

Despite all of her claims as well as proof of a picture taken of both of them, Anil still insists he's Ravi Kapoor

Gita later finds out her beloved Anil is also in a relationship with Asha (Nazneen)

Not one to take no for an answer, Gita breaks into Anil's house & continues pestering him, he eventually declares furiously that he's not Anil and never will be, Gita is shattered and embarks upon committing suicide

She's rescued on time but cops keep Anil in custody till they get a statement from Gita who's awaking from a coma, He's eventually bailed out by Asha his girlfreind and Gita is diagnosed as mentally ill

During treatment by psychoanalysis, she reveals how she had met a young man named Anil, fell in love, and then got married, only for him to be murdered on their wedding night

Did Anil really die? If not why is Ravi who looks exactly like Anil claiming he's not Anil? Are they Related?Will Gita recover from her mental illness? For this and many more reasons, feel free to dip into Chalte Chalte

To call this film camp or campy  would be paying it way too much of a compliment, this is a badly directed and badly written film with plot holes aplenty and a very incoherent story line, generally I don't seek after well rounded characters or good scripts when I'm selecting my movies as I love escapist fares, but this film just felt shoddy and lacked the finesse that might have made the plot holes and other mishaps forgiveable.

That said there are numerous things i enjoyed, like Simi Garewal's wacky and hammy act as Gita, her act as the deranged obsessive lover really puts Sharukh's act in Darr in the shade, her hammy acting actually helped me enjoy this film, plus she wore some interesting outfits which you can find over at my other fashion blog here

Nazneen the supporting actress was rather restrained in this amidst all the hammy performances, very little is known about her as I could barely find out anything about her from my research. She had some lovely clothes too which you can see here

And as for Vishal Anand who played the hero in this, I felt his resemblance to Dev Anand was uncanny and true enough when I did some research, I found out he is indeed Dev Anand's cousin, he even has some of his uncle's mannerisms (see images below) but alas he lacks the acting skills of Dev Anand.
Notice their identical hand gestures
His act as Anil/Ravi was extremely wooden  but one thing I'm grateful to him for, is for having one of the
 snazziest collection of shirts I've ever seen on a bollywood hero, see them over at my fashion blog here

Also quite impressive was the Art direction in some scenes like those I'e screen capped below, J'adore!!!!
I love the design on that door

And of course what really makes this film memorable is Bappi Lahiri's unforgettable score from the popular title track 'Chalte Chalte' which is mostly wrongly titled as Kabhi alvida na kehna to the fun 'pyar mein kabhi kabhi' to my two favourites the seductive 'Door door tum an rahe'

and the breezy 'Jana kahan hai'

Now head over to Veen's blog to get the music of this film

Paisa Vasool rating: 5/10


dustedoff said...

Welcome back, bollywooddeewana! Good to have you back with a post. :-)

I haven't seen Chalte-Chalte, oddly enough - even though when I was a kid, the title song was all over the place: radio, blaring from loudspeakers at parties, weddings - it was crazy.

The plot sounds like it could've had potential (a bit like Mera Saaya?) - sad it turned out so bad.

Anu Warrier said...

Not a post to be seen for four months, and then you put up two in a day?? :) Like dustedoff, this is one of the films I missed in my days of watching every single film, good, bad, indifferent, though I've often been tempted to watch this for the songs. Thank you for warning me off the movie. The chap looks horrendous.

Nazneen is probably most famous for being the most beautiful Kunti ever, in Mahabharata. She did a few 'saheli' type roles.


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harvey said...

Welcome back BD!
I didn't know that the film had such a good plot as well. The songs are famous and I still love them.
As for the 'Aztec' pattern of Simi's saree, maybe Anu or Madhu can tell you what that pattern is called in India and where it comes from.
The songs remind me somehow also of hum na rahenge tum na rahoge from Jaan Hazir Hai, maybe because both the films were released in the same year.

harvey said...

Although imdb lists only Chalte Chalte in Vishal Anand's filmography, it seems that he has starred at least in one more film: Dil Se Mile Dil
The tile song was very famous in the year of its release.

I presume that at imdb they mistakenly wrote the name of the director (Bhisham Kohli)in the cast list instead of Vishal Anand's name.

dustedoff said...

I think that sari pattern is called a 'temple sari' - because the pattern is similar to the spires of a temple.

bollywooddeewana said...

@ Dusted Off Thank you so much, it feels great to be back blogging and I've missed reading and commenting on all the bollywood blogs too, I can't wait to start dipping in again

I love that filmi brain of yours, of course the plot in this film is very similar to that of Mera Saaya,and that I'm afraid is where the similarities will have to end, Mera Saaya is miles better, the music in this was the only saving grace

@ Lol Anu Warrier I actually liked his looks in this but his acting left a lot to be desired, and thanks for that extra info on Nazneen

@ The Bard Thanks so much, it feels gret to be back blogging, I hope to have more posts up regularly

@ Harvey Thanks Harvey, it feels great to be back and shukriya for that extra gem of info on Vishal, plus I love that song you linked, he seems like such a groovy man and thanks for binging up the issue of that Sari which Dusted off has kindly supplied the answer too

@ Dusted Off That totally makes sense, i see it, bahut bahut shukriya ;)

Meera said...

I loved your review. the hero's resemblance to dev anand is striking, and though I know what Vijay Anand looks like, somehow I always used to assume this guy is he!

But the reason for my comment here: Looking at Nazneen's pictures, a bell rang and google confirmed that she was Kunti in the Chopra series of Mahabharata of the 1990s. And quite a beautiful Kunti she was too...

bollywooddeewana said...

@ meera Thank you and I appreciate you confirming what Anu has already said about Nazneen

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THere is one Nazneen who played the role of Kunti in the TV series Mahabharat in the late 80s. Not sure if this is the same person.

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