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Writers have been including the trait of friendship in every major character created for the audience, like Jai-Veeru from Sholay or Rani and Vijaylakshmi from Queen. But seldom do we get to see a whole movie dedicated to the beautiful emotion of love and friendship. Dosti is a script interwoven with this emotion as a full length motion picture produced by Rajshri Productions in 1964. Dosti is a saga of love for friendship. The movie which says that friend ship is purest form of love.
Mohan is blind, he is strolling around the city as a street singer, in search of his long lost sister. He meets Ramnath, who is crippled, Mohan and Ramu become friends and Soulmates. Mohan helps orphaned Ramu find his passion in education and separates himself from his friend for his good. This is why, the real love plot is friendship and love between friends .’Dosti’ probably is on the theme of universal love and deals with the intense friendship between a blind and a crippled young man,poverty stricken, struggling to survive in the city. A perfect allegory of eternal and platonic love masked under the intense expression of friendship.
No wonder, heartbroken and desolate Mohan out of his love for his friend Ramu sings,
“Chahunga, main tujhe saanjh sawere” and clearly refers Mohan as his beloved (Mitwa) and a friend (yaar). On many levels Dosti is an incredible tale of love. Mohan’s love for his soulmate and friend Ramu is beyond the materialistic aspects of love. In spite of being helpless and blind himself Mohan doesn’t only beg on road to financially support Ramu’s education, but also decides to leave him, to prevent becoming a hindrance to Ramu’s goals. They find acceptance by a little girl Manju, who is feeble due to a disease, this character probably represents the small section of the people who believe in the concept of love beyond boundaries. Manju is the most charming part of the movie. She joins all the loose ends of relationships into one feeling of friendship beyond boundaries.
There are multiple standout scenes in the movie, Like the one where a discussion happens between Mohan and Ramu over begging and singing on roads for livelihood. That scene is highly elevated because of its logical and simplistic dialogue, but there is a scene in which, Munni who is sick interacts with Sanjay Khan and asks him questions about love and friendship beyond boundaries of cast, creed, status and sex in a very simple way. Every scene is a well written one that put together makes it melodramatic yet an extremely powerful screenplay.
Dosti as a movie which has a lot to talk about, was one of the top grossing movies of 1964. It was debut movie of the lead actors Sudhir Kumar and Sushil Kumar, both of who died soon after the movie got released. The lyrics of the film are written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and music composed by Laxmikant Pyaarelal. Dosti stands as a landmark in the career history of the musical duo as this won them their first Filmfare and made them popular in the film industry. Mohammad Rafi is the main vocalist for the songs, while the sound of harmonica played by Ramu in the movie was actually rendered by Pancham da. The soundtrack had some classic songs that will be remembered for ages to come. At Filmfare it was the best film and also got Filmfare to Baan Bhatt for best Story, Govind Moonis for best Dialogues, Mohammad Rafi for best Male Playback and to Majrooh Sultanpuri for lyrics. Director Satyen Bose also was nominated but lost it to Raj Kapoor for Sangam.
Dosti is a very realistic and simplistic depiction of the biggest and the most pure emotional human feeling, the feeling of love for our friends.