I saw this movie in Mumbai in the mid 70s. It was Gulzar at his creative best. The year that Indira Gandhi unleashed the brutal Emergency on our country for no other reason than being disqualified for electoral malpractice, and trying to justify it by the most ridiculous of excuses, claiming fiction as being fact. Thousands died at her police brutality, disappeared without a trace. All to keep her throne intact. And the saddest part is such undisguised fascism is never visible to our presstitutes nor has the party of murderous looters ever apologized for the unlawful act even once in the last 50 years.
Gulzar had three releases that year, Mausam, Aandhi and Khushboo. All entirely different storylines and amazing movies. Sanjeev Kumar figured in two movies: Mausam and Aandhi, and Sharmila Tagore in two: Khushboo and Mausam.
Mausam had the musical score by Madan Mohan, but the background score was completed by Salil Chowdhury. The other two had music by RD Burman. Gulzar, Pancham & Asha Bhosle enjoyed a very fruitful creative relationship. I cannot ever forget Dil Padosi Hai, the amazing album by the trio.
Gulzar reinvented and recast two male leads whose talents were being wasted in Bollywood: Vinod Khanna and Jitendra. The former would certainly credit Gulzar for rescuing him out of the morass of inane roles. Mere Apne and Achanak are easily two of his all-time best roles. Jitendra would have passed off through his life as Jumping Jack doing stupid roles (despite the memorable debut in V Shantaram’s Geet Gaaya Pattharon Ne) had Gulzar not seen a spark in him that had not yet been spotted been seen by anyone thus far. Parichay showed Jitendra’s emotive abilities.
Khushboo was produced by Jitendra and his brother. Based on a Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s Panditmashai which had been made into a Bangla movie two decades earlier, it is a beautiful movie with Jitendra, Hema Malini and Sharmila Tagore.
The sublime music is by Pancham, with great lyrics by Gulzar. It has a couple of other lovely songs too : Bechara Dil Kya Karein, and Do Naino Mein Aansoo Bhare Hain. I loved the music for virtually all its aspects, storyline, music, acting, cinematography and direction.
My tribute to the amazing genius Pancham on his 82nd birth anniversary today.
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