("Time") is a serious candidate for inclusion in any list of great Hindi movies. An early example of a "multi-starrer", it has four top heroes and two great heroines. Its melodramatic plot, based on a lost and found theme of a family separated by an earthquake in pre-partition Punjab and reunited later in Mumbai (Bombay), takes the viewer through a whole range of emotions. It set a whole new look for Hindi films, with a glamorous lifestyle that featured American cars, houses with sunken seating areas, red velvet carpets, grand pianos and lavish parties. Its songs are still much played today, especially "Ae mere zohrajabeen" ("My Beauty") and "Aage bhi jaane na tum" ("You Don't Know What Lies Ahead"). This was the first colour film made by BR Films and established Yash Chopra as a major filmmaker, a position he still holds some 40 years later.
On the DVD:Waqt on DVD has good sound and picture quality and the eight songs can all be accessed separately from the menu. The subtitles are adequate and are given for both dialogue and songs. There's a theatrical trailer and an interview with Karan Johar (Kuch kuch hota hai, Kabhi khushi kabhie gham), one of the new generation of directors inspired by Yash Chopra. --Anika Puri
Lala Kedarnath is in the process of celebrating the grand opening of his business with his wife, Laxmi, and three children, all sons, when an earthquake devastates the region, separating his family from him. Decades later, this family assembles in a courtroom where Kedarnath is a witness for the prosecution; one son, Ravi, is the defense lawyer; another son, Vijay Kumar, is another witness for the prosecution, who has been bribed to lie and implicate the accused; and the eldest son, the accused, Raja, is the one charged with murder, a charge that may result in the death sentence