Friday, January 22, 2010

Mr. Natwarlal (1979) - Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha

Mr. Natwarlal, the film releases in 1979. Starring superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha it features some superb song tracks and a very interesting story line. It also has Amitabh Bachchan crooning for the first time for any film of his and the number “Mere Paas Aao, Mere Doston” has continued to entertain kids and adults down the years. In fact the song even fetched him a Filmfare nomination as Best Playback Singer (Male) along side being nominated for the Best Actor Award for the same film.

The story of the film resolves around Natwar (title role played by Bachchan himself) who lives with his beloved older brother and caretaker, police officer Girdharilal (Ajit). He has been assigned the case of apprehending notorious gangster Vikram Singh ( Amjad Khan). But the wily criminal entraps the honest officer and gets him arrested, dismissed from employment and imprisoned. The young Natwar remains a silent spectator to his brother’s victimization and swears to take revenge. He grows up and creates a secret identity for himself, posing as a powerful and mysterious underworld figure named (eponymous) Mr. Natwarlal. He becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and bad to help the poor and good.

He is successful in locating Vikram Singh who resides in the hilly regions of North India. Accordingly he relocates himself to be in the same area as his enemy. He also finds himself falling in love with a local girl (Rekha) who reciprocates his feelings. However punishing Vikram Singh proves to be a difficult task as he is a formidable presence in the area. On top of that he has to convince the suspicious villagers that he is not the ‘bad’ guy and tackle a man-eating tiger. Whether he is able to ultimately avenge his brother’s ill fortune and bring Vikram Singh to his knees forms the climax of the film.

A typical Hindi masala film, Mr. Natwarlal, is nevertheless very entertaining. Superb acting by Amitabh Bachchan (as mentioned above, he received a Filmfare Best Actor Nomination) and the terrific on-screen chemistry between him and Rekha are the highlights of the film. Competent direction by Rakesh Kumar and good music by Rajesh Roshan makes this movie a complete entertainer.

Lyrics and videos of songs from the movie (Mr. Natwarlal):

1. Oonchi Oonchi Baton Se (link)

2. Qayamat Hai (link)

3. Pardesiya (link)

4. Tauba Tauba Kya Hoga (link)

5. Mere Paas Mere Aao (link)

Mr. Natwarlal, hindi movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha (1979)

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