Monday, September 10, 2007

Chitchor (1976)



'Chitchor' is a sweet tale that tells the story of Geeta (Zarina Wahab) who is the daughter of the headmaster of the village that she and her family live in. One day her father gets a letter from Geeta's older sister (who lives in Bombay) telling him about an engineer that she thinks will be a perfect match for Geeta. They arrange for the engineer to come to their village and when Vinod (Amol Palekar) comes to visit there is an instant attraction to Geeta. She reciprocates his feelings and falls in love with him as does the rest of the family. What happens next? Well dear reader, you have to watch the film to find out but know this is Bollywood so all is not what it seems but a happy ending is inevitable! The director of the movie, Basu Chaterjee, had much acclaim in the 70's and was often compared to Hrishikesh Mukherjee as both of their films explored social issues affecting the middle class with humor, grace and dignity.



The songs from 'Chitchor' remain favorites of mine to this day since the day I first heard them from my parent's music collection. But I did notice that the singer was someone who I wasn't used to hearing but whose voice was nonetheless soothing and melodic. That singer was Yesudas, a well known South Indian singer who has won the prestigious National Film Award seven times and has recorded over 40,000 songs in almost every Indian language. He won the Filmfare Award for the classically inspired duet he sang with Hemlata for the song 'Tu Jo Mere Sur Mein' seen here. But my favorite song by him (as well as one of my favorite songs of all time) is the other famous one from the film, Gori Tere Gaon, seen here. The stars, songs, direction and locale make this film truly special, 'Chitchor' - Stealer of Hearts.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

ooh, I must watch it! I have this movie at home and I can't believe I haven't seen it yet. I love Amol Palekar!
This is Nafisa by the way ;)

mwb said...

Added to Netflix queue.

Can I say thanks for your blog? I check it out regularly.

As a very much beginner (I've only seen 10 or so films so far - but I ended up buying 6 of them) Bollywood fan, your site is great for finding things to check out.

Keep up the good work!

Sanket Vyas said...

Nafisa - glad I could help! I am a big Amol Palekar fan too, loved 'Gol Maal', 'Baton Baton Mein' & 'Choti Si Baat' - just knew how to pick some amazing roles and did them with such grace.
Did you get a chance to check out 'Paheli' that he directed? Good film as well. I think he is in the process of directing a movie called 'Quest' but I don't know anything about it.

MWB - You are very welcome and I am glad you are enjoying it. It takes some work to write these up & get the songs uploaded but comments such as yours make it well worth the effort! Thanks for the kudos...

Anonymous said...

I did see Paheli...loved it! And Gol Maal is one of my all time favorites. :)

mals74 said...

This movie has been remade; called 'Mai Prem Ki Deewani Hoon'. Of course, it does not offer the purity, simplicity and sweetness of the original.

Sanket Vyas said...

mals74 - thanks for stopping by. Alot of these classics get remade and can never recapture that original feeling. Case in point - Sholay!