#30 #Scriptors100BestFilms #Deewar
There are certain films in Indian Cinema, where some of their dialogues become the identity of that film.
‘Mere paas Maa hai’, Says Ravi (#ShashiKapoor) when Vijay (#AmitabhBacchan) questions him about his possessions. How simple are these words, yet so powerful.
#Deewaar is probably one of the most memorable films of all time from #YashChopra. The story, screenplay and the dialogues of this iconic movie have been rendered by #SalimKhan and #JavedAkhtar, then together known as #SalimJaved. Apart from developing what is arguably the tightest script ever written for Hindi film, the pair should have gotten an award for the sheer number of quotable lines in Deewaar.
“Aaj mere paas bangla hain, gadi hai, bank balance hai… tumare paas kya hai.?”
“Mere Paas Maa Hai”
“Main aaj bhi phenke hue paise nahin uthata.”
“Haan, mai sign karoonga, lekin pehle oos aadmi ki sign le ke aao, jisne mera baap ko chor kaha tha; pehle oos aadmi ka sign le ke aao jisne meri maa ko gali deke naukri se nikal diya tha; pehle oos aadmi ka sign le ke aao jisne mere haath pe ye leekh diya thaa, Uske BAAD, oos ke baad, mere bhai, tum jo kaagaz pe kahoge oos par me sign karoonga.”
“Oof tumhare oosul, tumhare adarsh. Kis kaam ke hai tumhare is oosul jo ek waqt ki roti tak nahi bana sakta?”
Every year there comes a movie that changes the course of Indian Cinema. Deewaar was surely movie of that decade. With this movie the focus of Indian Cinema shifted towards the angry Indian youth, then trying to adjust with materialistic and capitalist world.
Salim-Javed’s script was a daring detour from the 1960s mainstream in more ways than one. Consider the oddities. The leading man has no songs in the movie. There is absolutely no comedy. Meanwhile, the leading lady (played convincingly by #ParveenBabi) is a hooker, who as the narrative explicitly insists has sexual relations with the hero. True, both characters’ occupations entailed a set of moral values that are less-than-perfect by Indian middle-class standards, but the screenwriters still took an enormous risk by depicting some pretty bold scenes . Yet the power of the script was such that in the end, audiences were rooting for both characters with great sympathy and support. Finally, the leading man is an atheist (albeit superstitious). Not only that, one of the now-famous temple scenes has Amitabh clearly defiant and contemptuous towards God. Quite an audacious step, considering modern heroes are always shown to be terribly pious and god-fearing.
Deewar was not like Sholay at all, even though it was written by the famous duo writers as mentioned. But after the release of this movie, Amitabh Bachchan was recognised as “Vijay”. There are many memorable scenes in the films, along with the dialogues like the one where Ravi asks his brother to sign a paper, then the one where the two brothers meet under a bridge where they had spent their childhood. They have power, a real connect to it, a honesty in them.
The film is full of awesome performances, be it from Amitabh, Shashi Kapoor or Nirupa Roy. She played her part with perfection, and hence became the most loved MAA of Indian Cinema.
The Movie won 7 #Filmfare awards namely Best Film, Best supporting actor (Shashi Kapoor), Best Director (Yash Chopra), Best Story-Screenplay and Dialogues (Salim-Javed) and Best Sound Recording.
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Movie Buff. Yohaann is a film critic with Jagran Prakashan Limited. He has been associated with Print and TV media as a branding professional. Presently he is a screenwriter trying to bring in some good scripts up for Bollywood. At Scriptors he works as a writer and handles business development.