There is a wise saying in Hindi-
“Apne apne hamam me sab nange hi hota hai.”
Means-Everyone is naked inside the bathroom (privacy). The movie gets a witness to pip an eye into the lives in privacy of so called sophisticated people of the society who makes hue & cry about social morals & character in public but in the closet they are all culprits. Its story of one midnight where a thirsty villager is labeled as a thief by everyone. He hides himself one after another different houses & get witness to the reality of a private affair, false pride, a husband who steal money from his own wife, a drunkard who seeks a prostitute in his wife, jealous neighbors, a man who declared prize money to catch a thief was himself printed fake currency, a quack doctor who issues fake dead certificates just for sack of money & Tamasha seeker Junta… the list goes on & on. It’s indeed a powerful satire on society’s hidden dark face.
In one of the touching scene when RK hid inside a dispensary got glance upon fresh currency he tried to accumulate all the bundles of notes. Suddenly his eyes caught a sight of a skeleton & he gained his conscience back. What a message by the scene without a single line or word !!! A man who was considered as a thief still follows his conscience of soul in the time of crisis & at the same time what the hell so called social servants are doing.
Watch the climax scene where crowd gathered to catch RK shoting & pelting stones towards him suddenly forget & forgive him as soon as currency notes started falling from his pocket. Money makes people forget everything- the cause & effect also.
Its perfect title of the film which proclaimed – “Jagte Raho (Samaaj ke asli choro se jo apne apne gharo ke andar chupe baithe hai)…Jagte Raho (all you hidden rats of crime- God is watching you…)
Personally I adore Raj Kapoor as a filmmaker & considered ‘Awara’ the best effort to tell a story (full credit to writer K A Abbas) but I do not consider him as a serious actor but for this film I want to take my words back as he had done honestly a sincere effort to portray the character with his natural ease. RK remained almost silent throughout the film & portrayed his expressions until the last climactic speech with lathi in his hand & my god what a short but effective words which still touches to us after so many years. That’s the soul of true classic.
It’s a very simple but thought provoking film of early 60’s which even today seems probable. The film was not directed by RK but by Shombhu Mitra & Amit Mitra who also scripted the film. Even this is the only movie where one of my favorite composer Salilda & the lyricist with class A- Shailendra Colloborated & composed one of the fine Mukesh classic - “Zindagi Khwab Hai…” in this RK film.
Highly recommended to all Indian cinema classic lovers.
No ratings for classics right!!!