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Barsaat (1949)

Cast: Raj Kapoor, Nargis
Director: Raj Kapoor
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Studio: Yash Raj Films Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, India
Running Time: 157 min.
Languages: Hindi
Subtitles: English
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Raj Kapoor directs this meditation on love. Pran (Kapoor), a wealthy lad with a poetic soul, is passionately in love with impoverished country lass Reshma (Nargis). When she attempts to run away with Pran -- over the objections of her traditionalist father -- she slips and falls into a river, and apparently drowns. As Pran and his womanizing buddy Gopal (Premnath), who just cruelly dumped another girl, Neela (Nimmi), are driving through the country, they are more than a little surprised to see Reshma about to be married to a fisherman (K.N. Singh). Pran runs off the road and wrecks his car, halting the wedding, and eventually marries Reshma. Gopal is crushed and penitent when he learns that Neela committed suicide. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • An exclusive compiled film: "The Showman Raj Kapoor"
  • Interviews with Raj Kapoor's Co-stars, colleagues and family

GreenCine Member Reviews

Just watch the songs by awehman January 29, 2006 - 7:50 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Barsaat is a bollywood classic, but I'm not sure that's because it's a good film. Nargis is fantastic as Reshma, a woman who deals with a variety of different situations extremely well. Raj Kapoor, playing Pran, is completely outshined by Nargis, but delivers a good performance. Premnath, who plays a womanizing cad, is painfully bad. I ended up skipping past most of the scenes he was in because they weren't worth watching. Premnath's character was fake and his transformation in the end completely unbelievable. He also wasn't important to the central plotline which is the painfully slow love story of Reshma and Pran. A slow love story is not unusual for Bollywood, but this one often felt flat and uneventful.

That being said, the music from this film is phenomenal. Nearly all of the song numbers are extremely catchy and deserve to be classics. Nargis can lip-sync with the best of them and act at the same time. I would rent this film just for the songs.

If you want to see a classic Bollywood film starring Raj Kapoor & Nargis, I would highly recommend Shree 420 over Barsaat.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.75)
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The Best of 1949
As many of 1949's best films remind us, the socially and (to some extent) economically tumultuous immediate post -WWII years were definitely not the "good old days"

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