Saturday, September 1, 2007

Baghban: A very emotional movie

Sometimes you come across a very emotional movie that also seems very realistic. The same is the case with Baghban, where you realize the state of the parents who have been mis-treated by their children, and eventually leave home. However, in the movie, the parents have a partial happy ending, but this is not necessarily true in real life where parents when left by their children do not have any other resort, either willing to live a more depressed way of life, ill-treated by their children, or moving out of the home and moving to an age-old home / shelter. No good choices for them.
The movie is about the concept of a Baghban, a gardener, who plants a tree for the future and nurtures it so that it will give him re-assurance in later life. Same is the case with Raj (Amitabh Bachchan) who lives with his wife (Hema Malini) and their 4 children. Raj has a good life when working, investing heavily into the future of his children and giving them the best, with the expectation that they will take care of him later. In this, he disregards any need for savings, and instead invests even his pension and gratuity. He also takes care of an orphan, Salman Khan, showering him with love as well (and this is where the true of fruits coming later in life show themselves).
And then comes the time when he is about to retire, expecting that his sons will now take care of him and his wife. His sons get to know that he has no savings left, and along with their wives (who are not so considerate about parents either), they are not able to resolve who will take care of their parents; with none of them being very willing to volunteer. They also fear that their separate lives will get disturbed with an elder couple coming to live with them. They finally decide to split their parents, with each parent living in a son's house for 6 months, and then rotating to another son, but not together.
The parents are not very happy at this prospect, but don't have much of a choice. When living in their son's house, they also don't get the kind of respect that they deserve, with incidents such as not sitting at the head of the table, being blamed for revealing a surprise party, letting kids stay out late, and so on. Even in the midst of this, the mother takes a role in saving one of her grand-daughter's modesty at a party.
Finally, at the end of the 6 months, they make an agreement that this is not working, and move away without telling the children. They are concerned about what they will do, and then they start getting some good luck. First, the manager of a hotel where they were earlier there at the inauguration years back gives them respect, then the orphan / adopted son, Salman finds them and takes them to his house (where he is living with his wife Mahima Chaudhary). There they get the respect that they deserve and are looking for.
Finally, a manuscript that Amitabh had written finds its way to a publisher where the publisher's wife reads it and is heavily impressed. The book, about a situation similar to what Raj has gone through, is a best-seller and Amitabh now gets a fair amount of money. His sons finally get to know where Amitabh is, but they are realistic enough to know that Amitabh is not likely to share any of this money with them. At a function where they are also called, Amitabh finally repulses them with the statement that he cannot forgive and forget this utter betrayal that they did.
The movie is a remake of 2 different movies - the Marathi movie 'Tu Thitha Me', meaning Where You Are There I Am, and a National award winning Kannada movie 'Post Master'.
Songs of the movie can be played from this link.

Here is the final speech that Amitabh gives at the function, and it is a very good speech:

Other famous songs from the movie:

Soni Teri Chal

Pehle Kabhie Na

Main Yahan To Wahan (a very sad song, but very beautiful)

Chali Chali


carla said...

"The movie is a remake of 2 different movies - the Marathi movie 'Tu Thitha Me', meaning Where You Are There I Am, and a National award winning Kannada movie 'Post Master'."

Wasn't it also at least inspired by *Avtaar*?

I haven't seen *Baghban* but I am very interested in the mixed responses it gets - people seem to love it or hate it.

Deepti said...

Well, yes, I would think so. The movie seems to be on the same track as Avtaar