on 30 September 2005
I first saw this film as a young child when Amitabh Bachchan was a god and every man and child wanted to be him. Perfectly cast as the angry young man, this should sit proudly next to Sholay as Amitabhs finest bollywood movie. I never get tired of this film, his intensity, and the superb Shashi Kapoor as his principled young brother offset one another brilliantly. A must for new and old bollywood fans alike.
In my judgement this film actually gets 5* and stands out as one the best Hindi films ever made since the 1970s. It has A.B. in iconic angry young man form who, faced with the difficulties of life in the big city, descends into the criminal world. The movie has everything from great storyline, acting, dialogue and simply oozes that 1970s style. There is a great fight scene in the warehouse between A.B. and the "Peter gang" and later on an unforgettable exchange between the brothers played by A.B. and Shashi Kapoor. You can just watch this film over and over again.
I am stunned at the review that gives this movie only 2 stars. You are paying first and foremost for the movie, which I believe you got and liked. The extras are not going to (and don't need to) enhance it. In fact I always find the extras on Hindi films to be very distracting.
on 29 October 2010
This is one of Amitabh Bachchans best known films. The classic tale of two brothers and their mother, this was a huge hit at the time of its release and still continues to be well-loved today.
Vijay and Ravi grow up mostly without their trade unionist father, as when they were very young he was blackmailed by a corrupt businessman and driven out of his village by the labourers who once loved him. Vijay is tattooed with "mera baap chor hai" (my father is a thief) by some angry villagers, and grows up with a real chip on his shoulder, though he works hard to support his brother (who he sends to school, whilst he works) and mother. He is a hardened man who won't go into the temple and cares a lot about money. He resents his father.
Unlike his brother, Ravi is educated and grows up to eventually become a policeman. He is an honest, good man who always goes to the temple with his mother and doesn't mind taking a lower paid job if it is worthwhile. Things come to a head when he has to face Vijay, who has gone from working hard as a coolie to becoming a bit of a crime lord. The two have various face-offs, including one where after Vijay flaunts how rich and succesful he is and asks what Ravi has to show for himself, Ravi comes back with the immortal line "Mere paas maa hai!" (I have mother!). In between, both brothers have love interests. I will not spoil the ending, but it is very emotional.
The film showcases very well the importance of family, and how they matter more than any money or riches the world has to offer. The songs are catchy, the performances are powerful, and the dialogue is punchy. It was also one of the films that established Bachchan's reputation as "the angry young man" of Bollywood, and is a must see for all Bachchan fans! Entertaining, and with some good moral lessons behind it, this is an excellent film.