Friday, March 15, 2013

Lamhe (Moments)...A Classic!!

                It has been called a ‘Gem’, a ‘cult favorite’, a ‘master piece’, ‘well ahead of its times’, ‘its creator’s favorite creation’ and my favorite, an ‘Over looked Classic’. That’s right cinema lovers- it’s none other than my all-time favorite…Lamhe!!
                An unapologetic member of the fad, who very passionately believe, that this is one of the Classics of the Indian cinema.  Can’t believe it’s been almost twenty years since its release. I have seen it so many times that I have lost the count. It remains the most bold and uncompromising love story ever made in India and hence it was deemed too contemporary for the average cine goers. No wonder its box office collection didn’t match its artistic potential. 

                Lamhe…moments, is the story of Kuwarji aka Viren who spends his whole adult life hoarding the few moments he had spent with Pallavi during his youth. It’s the story about Pooja, Pallavi AND Siddharth’s daughter, who threatens to do the same with the few moments she had spent with her Kuwarji, after her parent’s death. Hers was the love that knew no barriers. Even the knowledge of her Kuwarji's repressed passion for her deceased mother did not act as a deterrent. For Viren, too, the initial shock of discovering an unconventional emotion was gradually replaced by reflection and self-discovery.
                There comes a work of art in a career of every artist, which stands above all others. The one that is celebrated as the zenith of his/her artistry. The apex to which all that preceded it has led, and against which all that follows will forever be compared. Lamhe is the zenith, the apex, the pinnacle of all the artists that were associated with it. Be it the lead pair of Anil Kapoor & Sridevi or the supporting cast of Waheeda Rehman, Anupam Kher & Dippy Sagoo*. They all excelled in their performance. Including, Honey Irani- the story writer, Manmohan Singh- the cinematographer, the legendary pair of music directors- Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprased Chaurasia and the great director- Yash Chopra.
                Lamhe stands the test of times and continues to be mind-blowingly awesome. There are great many jewels in the treasure box called Hindi Cinema, but none more splendid, more wondrous, more stunning or more painful than Lamhe.
Weekend is upon us and you guys know what to do!!
*Intentionally left out the ‘only mistake’ of Lamhe- Dipak ‘Mr.Vimal’ Malhotra.

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