Saturday, April 13, 2013

L lures... LAMHE

Lamhe, in Hindi, means moments. It also is the title of my most favourite movie ever. I must have watched it over 80 times if not more. Directed by the Late Yash Chopra, it had Anil Kapoor and Sridevi in the lead roles. I think, this was one of the finest movies from the banner, Yashraj Films. In fact, I think it was the role of a lifetime enacted by Anil Kapoor. Restrained and not over the top, he was fabulous.

The story was way ahead of its times. Penned by Honey Irani, it spoke of unrequited love being bridged by the age gap. An 18 year old Viren (Anil Kapoor) falls in love with a much older Pallavi(Sridevi). She however gets married to Siddharth. They both die in an accident, but not before Pallavi gives birth to a baby girl. Pooja (Sridevi in a double role) now is Viren's responsibility who he leaves in the care of his governess. Pooja grows up waiting and wanting his attention. Over the years, she falls in love with him. The age gap and her resemblance to her mother are huge deterrents. Through many ups and downs, eventually, love overcomes all.

The treatment of the film was not sappy. It was directed with flamboyance of the banner, yet laced with gentle humour and a very strong story line. Heart warming dialogues with  A+ music and soulful lyrics constituted to make this a delightful watch. One of my favourite scenes is when Prem, played by Anupam Kher, tells Pooja, "If you realize you love someone, say it right then, don't wait. He  might not reciprocate. But at least your heart would have the solace that you let him know".  For the Hindi cinema audience, this was way too bold. Considering the trash dished out today, this was a masterpiece. I strongly feel, had the movie released in present times, it would have done stupendously well. Even though it did not do much for the Indian Box Office collections, it remains close to the heart of its filmmaker.

I have forgotten how many times I had danced to this 'Morni' song in school functions and competitions. It was only befitting that I pay an ode to the movie that made a poet out of me (and enhanced my fascination for the salt and pepper 'Richard Gere' look). Lamhe, let the moments of love begin...




42 comments:

nd60 said...

I could just picture you doing the jig on that Morni Song ! :D :D :D suddenly the song sounds that much more peppy ! :D

Aarti's mom said...

I was crossing my fingers as I clicked on your link, hoping that you'd blog about these "Lamhe" and not the literal ones:-) - Thank you, thank you, thank you - for making my day. Never mind the commercial success, I firmly believe that Lamhe found place in the hearts of discerning movie lovers. I keep listening to the title track in infinite loop, to live through the happy and sad moments of my life. I did not know the story was Honey Irani's - I have a new found respect for her now:)
As always, I leave with a smile, Gee :-)
Cheers, L

JANU said...

This was the one movie where I liked Sridevi's acting...and 'morni' I have watched too...innumerable times.

Rainbow Hues said...

One of my fav movies too.. Agree that this movie was way ahead of it times and had it been out now, it would've fared better at the BO.

Great read :)

Afshan said...

Thanks for writing this today !
I so so so Lovvvvvve this and am a biggg sridevi fan
already wrote a post as tribute hence cant use it for S :-/ but ya ANIL Kapoor was yummy in this . The movie is one of the Yash Raj's best !!
thansk for revival

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Okay shoot me now - I have seen the movie! But the story line sounds fantastic. How I would have love watching you dance to this song. But then, there's still hope that I can see it! ;)

PhenoMenon said...

One of my all time favs

PhenoMenon
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Suzy said...

I haven't seen the movie - will have to find it somewhere and watch it.

Jodie said...

Thanks for the movie tip!

1hundredworks said...

I was a kid when this movie came out, and my mom loved it....I couldn't care less for a romantic saga at that time, and thought why the hell did Anil Kapoor shaved his mustache off for the first half....

Preetilata【ツ】 said...

This is my one of the favorites movie too. So ahead of it's time but a Masterpiece. I can watch this movie anytime without a second thought ever. I enjoyed reading your ode to this timeless magic.

Meena said...

u think it will click if re-released now?

G Angela said...

I like sridevi ! but have not seen this movie, this post was interesting.. am motivated to see this movie some times. Thanks for sharing !

Priya Sreeram said...

vinita- lost count as to how many times I would have watched this movie. totally loved the dishy anil kapoor in it :D morni is a peppy number but my all time fav song in this flick is kabhi main kahoon---- ha l=love this post :)

Ruchira said...

Lamhe is such a fabulous movie ! I would say one of Ysh Chopra's finest !

Roshni AaMom said...

I too just loved the movie and watched it multiple times!! And, totally agree about going ga-ga over the salt and pepper hair!! The songs were also fabulous. We used to imitate the neck roll in Maine tujhe dil de diyaaaaaaaaa!!! :D

Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar said...

Wish I had been around to catch your performance to Morni. I'm sure the audience must have loved it. Beautifully written nostalgic post.

Shail Mohan said...

Any videos of you dancing to 'Morni'? Please, can we have a dekko?

Shilpa Garg said...

Lamhe is a fabulous movie! sad that it didn't get that it didn't ring the cash registers at the box office then!

mynascence said...

I am glad someone likes this movie apart from me.I loved the movie and the premise of the movie , though it was much ahead of its time. Morni song brought a smile because I danced like a morni to for all the school functions and for the conniving elders at their parties.

Blogwati Gee said...

Yup, I can imagine that. Now come back to reality.

Blogwati Gee said...

I am telling you when Ameesha Patel sang Lazy Lamhe, I wanted to kill her! I am glad so many liked this movie and post. We are a great bunch, aren't we?

Blogwati Gee said...

I guess it is upto the director to be able to get the performance from an actor.

Blogwati Gee said...

Thanks so much. Yup, it would be a BO wonder for sure.

Blogwati Gee said...

I am so happy that you enjoyed this post just as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Blogwati Gee said...

Come home Corinne, movie, lunch and me dancing....all in one only for you :D

Blogwati Gee said...

:)

Blogwati Gee said...

Do watch Suzy and then let me know how you liked it.

Blogwati Gee said...

Happy to help.

Blogwati Gee said...

Well, you were in your nappies then....not now. Go watch it :P

Blogwati Gee said...

So glad you like it too. Makes me very happy.

Blogwati Gee said...

This comment makes me very, very, happy.

Blogwati Gee said...

As long as Sajid Khan or David Dhawan don't remake it, I think it would do ok.

Blogwati Gee said...

Please do and let me know what you think.

Blogwati Gee said...

Kabhi main kahoon was actually the background score in Chandni and was then used here. Check the movie and you will know. :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Ha ha ha that bit I never tried. I must?

Blogwati Gee said...

Yup, it was one of my fav dances. My school friends still tease me to it.

Blogwati Gee said...

I wish Shail. But no cell phones then or video cameras. Come to Bombay for a live performance :P

Blogwati Gee said...

True that Shilpa.

Blogwati Gee said...

I can only imagine :)

Prateek said...

I remember watching this movie and the legendary Sridevi song shot in Rajasthan's desert :). It way ahead of its time. Anil Kapoor was brilliant but Anupam Kher was perfect casting!

Blogwati Gee said...

Anupam Kher is an actor par excellence. He hits a six every time. Yahan toh he was A for adorable. Hence the most fav dialogue in the movie is his :)

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