#64 #Scriptors100BestFilms #Sadma
A child knows everything thats need to know to live a wonderful life. Innocence, enthusiasm, dedication, unconditional love and being happy for no reason. But as soon we grow old, so called “maturity” corrupts our soul. We forgot the soul purpose of our life that is to be happy.
Balu Mahendra’s Sadma is a flashback journey to childhood. A mature Girl Snehlata (#Sridevi) lost her memory and get back to her childhood, coincidentally met Somu (#Kamal Hasan), a alone teacher lives in a hill station. Somu falls for her innocence and decide to protect her from the wild world. He found the soul purpose of his life in caring of that unknown girl. He found the charm of live in the childhood of this girl. Bringing such kind of off beat love story on celluloid at those time is worth commendable.
This non-sexual romance brings out the amazing aspect of love. On the counterpart writer (Balu Mahendra) kept a angle of sexually desired married female who had big time crush on Somu, played by non other than #SilkSmita (That was her first hindi movie) and a lusty guy who wants to rape Snehlata, which balances the portrayal of human nature.
Gulzar’s non dramatic witty dialogues & lyrics kept the soul of story that is innocence and unconditional love. Music (#Illayarja) was the biggest USP of the film. Songs like “Aye Zindagi gale laga le”(#Suresh Wadekar) and “Surmayi Akhiyo mein” (#Yesudas) are still like immortal in this generation.
Sridevi’s one of the finest performance as a child will make you fall in love with her all over again and again and….. Again! Kamal Hasaan’s character seems mature still loving, took all the empathy in the climax. Teary eyes of every viewer imprints sadma as having one of the most emotional climax of hindi cinema. Not all love stories are mend to be finished. Some are meant to be incomplete. Sadma tragic ends is so shakesperean that no other words can describe it better than the visuals of the movie.
I will remember this film as golden memories of my childhood, like turning pages of my old album and laughing with tears on every picture.