Yeh Vaada Raha (1982)

April 22, 2009 at 2:33 am 1 comment

Directed by: Kapil Kapoor

Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Rakhee Gulzar, Poonam Dhillon, Tina Munim

As a note, Jaya Bachchan did the voice-over work for Poonam and Tina. The credits roll over bright pink silk with a cheery tune in the background. Immediately you might wonder: is this a drama or a light-hearted romantic comedy? Furthermore, the credits last about 5 seconds before the real movie begins…and we see Vikram (Rishi Kapoor) at the temple praying. He catches sight of Sunita (Poonam Dhillon) and watches her leave. He follows. They are at a fair, and Sunita is trying her luck at winning a pretty necklace in a stall. Vikram wins it, but Sunita and her uncle just glare at him and leave. Her uncle says her name…and Vikram repeats it…”Sunita…” He repeats this three more times, and we find him with a friend who is painting at a river. His friend is rendering a horrible landscape of the river…or grass…or something. Anyway, he realizes Vikram’s in love when Vikram keeps saying “Sunita” over and over again, so he offers to paint her portrait.

Vikram imagines Sunita in his mind…and a song begins. He sees her in front of him and sings about her beauty, yadda yadda. Love at first sight may be romantic sometimes, but this is semi-creepy…and doesn’t Vikram’s imaginary Sunita look like she’s just smiling and looking at something in the distance? A bit un-responsive for a dream girl if you ask me.

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She’s pretty much like this the entire song (albeit occasionally giving a life-less dance or wearing a different dress.) Like magic, the song ends and the portrait is finished. Judging by his friend’s last painting, I doubt he did this one…anyway, he gets copies made of this very same painting and posts it all around the village. Sunita and her uncle see this, and Sunita is flabbergasted. Somehow she knows who did it (maybe Vikram’s the only guy who ever gave her a once-over at a temple?)

Both Vikram and his painter-buddy get caught by the police and taken to the station. They inform Vikram that Sunita has filed a report with them. Vikram asks if they have her personal contact information, and for SOME STUPID REASON they tell him ‘yes’. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from Indian movies, it’s that one should never analyze the ridiculous actions of police characters. They’re generally really stupid or corrupt.vlcsnap-23229

Vikram gets Sunita’s address and…goes to her house. Isn’t that just great? You file a police report with a guy and he decides to pay you a visit. What’s more: The police bring him into the station and don’t even keep him there…he just leaves after getting her information. Of course she informs him that she isn’t ‘that sort of girl’ and asks him to leave after he tries to give her the necklace he won at the fair for her.

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Cut to a party where poor Vikram is all alone…and suddenly, as if by providence ~cough~ or lazy writing ~cough~ Sunita happens to be the performer who is going to sing for the party. But when people start cheering, she is distraught…doesn’t know what to do. Is probably wondering why she even started singing when she risked having a responsive audience. She rushes off the stage, and Vikram rushes in to help her by a song of his own.

Eventually Vikram brings Sunita out of her shell. Sunita and Vikram become a couple, and Sunita becomes a contracted singer. Eventually when they are at Sunita’s home celebrating her birthday, there is a very sweet scene where Vikram dances alone and then Sunita joins him (after he excuses his partner, the support beam.)

Vikram’s good ol’ mom (Rakhee Gulzar) comes to visit, and wouldn’t you know it…she can’t stand Sunita. She doesn’t say anything, but it’s very obvious by the way she…glares…and…doesn’t talk to Sunita at all. Sunita pretends to be oblivious, but Vikram is livid. Eventually Vikram passes his exams and they celebrate with a song. They go to a temple, and Vikram proposes. Sunita says that she will only wed him when his mother consents. They tie the necklace Vikram gave to Sunita around a pole in the temple, making a wish that they should never be separated. And here we see the heavy hand of foreshadowing make an appearance.

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Vikram visits his mother to tell her about his engagement plans. His mother tells him that Sunita’s father was a murderer and her mother abandoned her at an orphanage. Apparently he already knew this, but his mother insists that marrying Sunita will only bring him bad luck. She refuses to accept such a union. He decides to get married anyway. On their way to get married…they end up in a car crash (didn’t see that one coming…)

Vikram’s mother rushes to the hospital to see her son. Vikram’s doctor (Iftekhar) informs his mother that he is in a bad condition…of course. We of course also find out that Sunita’s face was horribly damaged in the accident, and she doesn’t look like the same girl anymore. Vikram’s mom decides to break the news to Sunita…she tells Sunita that she doesn’t want her to ever see Vikram again. Sunita agrees, heart-broken. Vikram is told that Sunita died…

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Meanwhile, Sunita is transferred to another hospital, where Dr. Mehra (Shammi Kapoor) performs plastic surgery on her…giving Sunita a completely new face…(Tina Munim replaces Poonam Dhillon as Sunita)

Are the lovers ever re-united? Do they find love in other places? Is either of them ever truly happy again? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself. Personally, this really isn’t one of the better movies out there. I give it 4/10 bindis. It wasn’t completely terrible…but it was rather boring too. The music was okay…I guess. Anyway, just skip this movie (even if you’re a huge Rishi fan…it just isn’t worth it.)

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  • 1. bollywooddeewana  |  May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Really, i totally adore this film, it was one of the most famous /popular bollywood movies when i was a kid growing up in Nigeria
    [http://ilovelovelovedharmendra.blogspot.com/2006/11/yeh-vaada-raha-promise-or-joining-ranks.html]

    another great friend and fellow blogger also testifies how much its loved among Thai people
    [http://apunbindaas.blogspot.com/2008/07/yeh-vaada-raha-hmong-peoples-favorite.html]

    The soundtrack is ace and i feel its one of the best from the ’80’s

    Reply

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