("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 (Balraj Sahni) is a proud, respected businessman, the head of large family, and a man confident of his own destiny. But this confidence proves misplaced - for one day, out of the blue, a terrible earthquake hits the town where he lives, scattering his family and changing their lives forever. The eldest son Raja (Raj Kumar) becomes a criminal, the second son Ravi (Sunil Dutt) is adopted by a rich family, the youngest son Vijay (Shashi Kapoor) is left to look after their sick mother, and Lala himself is imprisoned for murder. As the years roll by, the paths of the different family members cross many times, but they continue to remain strangers and reunion looks increasingly unlikely.