Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hindi Movie: Purab aur Paschim

Now, a lot of people may not have heard of this movie. It was coming as a re-run on TV a couple of hours back, and it is a brand of movies by Manoj Kumar that mix in a large amount of patriotism with a masala plot, and make it a total entertainer.
This was the third movie in a line by Manoj Kumar on patriotism (made in 1970), the first 2 being Shaheed (on Bhagat Singh) and Upkaar (on the farmer-soldier building block of the nation). The movie is based on Manoj Kumar going to Britain, and seeing how the Indian community over there is totally detached from the cultural traditions of India, and look down upon India. This shocks him, given that he is the son of a freedom fighter. He meets a former freedom fighter who turned traitor (Pran) and his family (who are totally westernised). He falls in love with a blonde Saira Banu, who is also totally western, down to her short skirts.
He slowly starts to change their attitudes, and gets them to come to India on a visit. There, they live in a small town, and Pran meets with his family, whom he has deserted. Pran is the bad guy in the movie, totally corrupted by the 'western influence', and remains bad to the end (when he kills his own grandfather).
The movie is essentially about promoting Indian culture, and does not too bad a job at it. It is helped by some extremely successful songs, available here.
Songs like Purva Suhani Aayee Re, Om Jai Jagdish Hare, Bharat ka Rahnewala Hoon, and Koi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod de, were extremely successful, and remain hummable.

Video of songs:

Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada

Twinkle Twinkle

Dulhan Chali o Pehan Chali

Koi jab tumhara hridaya tod de

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