Bandi – FilmfareOct 14
I always dream about living in the past, in the era of “those” years. The time when Cinema was considered art and not business. A time when there were real pujaari’s of music, the various artists that contributed, I mean.
Let us all discover, what the media was like, those days. How the people perceived and made or broke a film, through the various REVIEWS of films in the magazines, those days. There were 2 major magazines. The more sadistic janta turned to the ever-explosive reviews of Baburao Patel ( Filmindia ). The milder ones always looked forward to Filmfare. Unfortunately the authors of these Filmfare reviews were not credited in the magazines. So these personal views from both the magazines, more or less, formed the thoughts of the junta. Its a different matter that the passionate ones did not care for the reviews and watched all released films all through the year !
The first in this series was “Baap Re Baap”
Here is the 2nd one. This film according to me is one of the best ( could be The Best on a particular day ) Kishore Kumar films. He himself also considered it to be amongst his most favourites. It just pains to find out tha the whole industry ignored the serious or the real acting talent of Kishore Kumar. Its their loss, as I always say !
I will surely write my own review of the same, when time permits, but till then let us see through the filter of those day’s media ! Kishore Kumar just on the continuous wave of rising popularity. The busiest star in tinsel town with this Superhit film adding to his kitty. Would you go and watch/buy this film, based on this review ?
Source : Filmfare
Powerful Themes & Good Portrayals Make “Bandi” a Gripping Film
“Bandi” : Produced by Beenu Dutt. Director: Satyen Bose. Music: Hemant Kumar. Story: Sailajananda. Audiography: Kishore S Rane. Cinematography: Madan Sinha. Editing: Dulal Dutt. Art Direction: Biren Naug. Cast: Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Anoop Kumar, Bina Rai, Shyama, Nanda, Kanaiyalal, Kammo, Misra, Banerji and Krishnakant.
Based on a novel by the well-known Bengali author Sailjananda, Shree Pictures’ “Bandi” tells a powerful story of two brothers and their love for each other, which triumphs over the vicissitudes of their lives.
The elder brother, selfish and self-centered, gets involved in many difficult situations after he marries a girl of his younger brother’s choice. Eventually he goes to jail. He has a scuffle with the son of his employer’s enemy in which the latter dies. He is accused of murder, but it was really an accident. He takes the blame on himself for the sake of his employer’s daughter, who would otherwise get into trouble. Meanwhile, his younger brother looks after his sister-in-law and her baby. When the sister-in-law dies, he brings up the little girl as his own daughter.
The girl grows up to marry a younger brother of the man who was killed accidently. Her father now comes out of jail after serving a sentence of fifteen years and marries his old employer’s wealthy daughter. The way in which the various strands of this story of many characters eventually sort themselves out and the reunion of the brothers make a gripping climax.
The theme is instinct with a powerful human appeal, which is sustained by the younger brother’s character as depicted by Kishore Kumar. The pace of the screen-play in the first half of the picture tends to be slow, but this was necessary to introduce the main characters and develop the plot. This achieved, the story moves smoothly from incident to incident, rising to an emotional crescendo in the climatic scenes. The direction is very good. Every nuance of characterisation and every incident are cleverly woven into the fabric of the drama, introducing comic relief only where necessary.
The performances are outstanding. Ashok Kumar, in spite of being handicapped with a stilted role, carries off the acting honours, Shyama, as his wife, being a close second. Kishore Kumar in the pivotal role of the younger brother tends to overact in the earlier sequences. But he gets into the stride afterwards, acquitting himself remarkably well in his first, straight, serious role. It is a mature performance and a memorable one.
Bina Rai as Ashok’s second wife puts over a charmingly dignified and natural portrayal. So does Kumari Nanda as Ashok’s daughter. Anoop Kumar in the picture’s worst written role turns in another of his poor performances. Kanhaiyalal, the accomplished veteran, is excellent as always, while Banerji, Misra and Krishnakant are adequate in their respective parts.
The music is melodious. Rajinder Krishna’s lyrics are very good, and so is the dialogue. The dances are attractive and Kammo is brilliant in one of them. The photography, decor and other production values are all good.