Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sanjeev Kumar - V

Thereafter, he acted in Gulzar's acclaimed Aandhi (1975) where he co-starred with the beautiful Suchitra Sen. This movie was a landmark movie in the careers of both Gulzar and Sanjeev Kumar and it ran into much controversy because it was released during Indira Gandhi's regime (as a Prime Minister of India) just before the emergency and it was rumoured that the movie was based on the life of Indira Gandhi. This movie is definitely one of Sanjeev Kumar's best performances. The music of this film was by R. D. Burman and the songs Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa and Tum Aa Gaye Ho are unforgettable.

In the same year, Sanjeev Kumar also acted in Gulzar's Mausam where he co-starred with Sharmila Tagore (in a double role). The movie is about the guilt, struggle and anguish of the protagonist when he finds out the injustice he has caused to a girl and her family by getting the girl pregnant and then after many years finding out that his illegitimate daughter, who is supposed to be studying medicine, actually earns her living in a brothel and is a foul-mouthed prostitute. The story is about the protagonist's struggle to identify himself as the father of the prostitute. Once again, outstanding performances from both Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore. The music of the film was by Madan Mohan and the song Dil Dhoondhta Hai is a classic.

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