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ANKAHEE: A tribute to the legend called Bhimsen Joshi

March 10, 2011 05:00:41 PM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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How many of us would be aware about the fact that ANKAHEE was a film where the legendary classical singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi had sung two songs, well, I feel, for that matter most of us may not even is aware about the name of the film ANKAHEE. Indeed, I also came across ANKAHEE surfing the channel and finding it being aired on Lok Sabha channel. It can be said that if the fans, those who want to watch quality cinema from India, should have a date with Lok Sabha television channel every Sunday.

ANKAHEE is a film that is telling comment on the manner in which our marriages are conducted and underlines the fact in a very prominent manner that in India the love blossoms between the couples once they get married. Here is Amol Palekar, in love with somebody else ( Sushma Mukhopadhyaya), and his father pronounces that if he marries this girl she would die, eleven months after giving birth to their child. Amol Palekar circumvents the prophecy by marrying Deepti Naval, who is portrayed as a daughter of Sri Ram Lagoo's friend (who plays the role of a father and an astrologer). ANKAHEE also would be one of the films where Anil Chatterjee the legendary actor from Bengali cinema played a prominent part, that of father of Deepti Naval, who is a classical singer. Directed by Amol Palekar, it provided ample indication of the understanding of the craft of cinema, as also his understanding of the social nuances.

There is a satire on the social life in Mumbai as well, through the dialogue" Bombay wale saal bhar garam Pani Se hi nahate hain", and Amol Palekar could only bring this integral part of Mumbai life 25 years ago through the craft of cinema. Amol Palekar to save his love life, marries Deepti Naval, but ultimately falls in love with her, and the sonorous voice of Bhim Sen Joshi "Aaye re mere shyam lubhavan aayye, Hari aao", really underlines what a great singer, Joshi was. Pity that his voice could not be utilized for mainstream cinema as he veneered to classical singing!

ANKAHEE is also one of the rare movies where Vidhu Vinod Chopra acted in the film, and one wonders whether Chopra paid back to Amol Palekar through his film KHAMOSH, for the opportunity that was provided to him through ANKAHEE. ANKAHEE also underlines the fact that Deepti Naval could have reached exalted heights and could filled the void left by Smita Patil, as she literally slips under the skin of character of a rural girl, who is untouched by the trappings of the city life.

All in all, ANKAHEE indeed is a visual treatise that needs to be watched, if for nothing then for Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

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