Baarish (1957)

I watched this movie on Valentines day, but was too occupied to put it up here. I truly adore the lead pair of Nutan and Dev Anand, and this movie has some nice songs…these two reasons were more than enough for me. But I had no idea as to what the story would be like. Fortunately or unfortunately, internet was down that day, so I couldn’t even read the review before watching it. But now, I’m glad I didn’t because the review on imdb is not quite true and if I had read it I would have never watched this movie on that day.

Before I start with the story, this movie has nothing to do with Baarish…and if I remember correctly, there was not even a single rain/baarish scene in the entire movie (at least in what I saw, don’t know if there was anything in the deleted/edited parts). But it does begin with this statement -

Translation : Just like how the rain washes away the dirt and brings along new hopes, honesty and sincerity wipes away crime. The story of Baarish begins and is  set against a village backdrop where crime is a way of living.

Gopal (Nana Palsikar) works for Boss (Jagdish Sethi?).

On an errand for Boss, Gopal flees leaving the maal behind when police turn up and goes into a hiding. Ramu (Dev Anand), Gopal’s brother is pretty bossy with the other guys in the chawl. After a petty clash with some guys, where he’s rescued by Mohan (Anwar Hussain), he goes singing Dane dane pe likha hai . Don’t know why but Ramu is obsessed with Kabootar (Dove). He even has a pair of them sticking out of his pockets ;-)

He doesn’t know for sure what his brother does, but he knows that he works for Boss and has a hunch that Boss is upto no good.Gopal comes home after a few days. Ramu, who was pretty worried about Gopal’s disappearance, is delighted to see him and the brothers sit down to have dinner.

But before they finish, two of Boss’s men come with a message for Gopal. Gopal goes to meet Boss, who’s furious with him for messing up the deal. Gopal tells him that he’s fed up of such work and doesn’t want to work for him any more. He wants to leave the world of crime and do something legal to earn a living.

But Boss gets him killed. Ramu sees a person stabbing Gopal and feels that Boss is behind Gopal’s death and goes to tell him that he’ll take revenge.

Boss, orders Mohan, one of his employees and Ramu’s best friend, to talk Ramu out of it or else he will have to kill him as well.

He goes to meet Ramu and tries to calm him down. Mohan get s aletter from home. He shows it to Ramu but since Ramu can’t read or write (yes, inspite of being city bred, he’s an illitrate) Mohan reads it himself and tells Ramu that his father is ill and they owe lots of money to villagers. As he’s busy himself and can’t make it, he asks Ramu for a favour – to go to the village and give some money to his parents. Ramu refuses at first but at the end he agrees to do as Mohan says and he sets out for his village.

And the moment he enters the village, there are lots of village belles hitting on him and there’s a little broad-daylight teasing.

Unable to locate Mohan’s house, and with all those girls worrying him, he gets frustrated. And that’s when Chanda (Nutan) calls him from a tree top.

He ignores her and keeps walking. There’s a fun song Yeh muh aur daal masoor ki (love the faces that Chanda makes in this song). He loses his patience by the time the song ends and they both get into a fight. A passer-by comes and helps him by showing him the way to Mohan’s house. But Chanda hears him asking for Mohan’s address and tries to divert him. She is none other than Mohan’s sister and thinking it’s someone who they owe money to, she goes home and scribbles “Sab Kaashi gaye hai, saal bhar baad lautenge” (All have gone to Kaashi and will return back only after a year) on the wall of their house. Then she locks the door from outside, goes into the house (don’t know how she manages to do that) and waits for Ramu to leave.

 But Ramu doesn’t know how to read or write, he tries hard to figure out what’s written but in vain and at the end he concludes that it has to be – “Mohan Lal ke pita Girdhari Lal ka makaan” (Mohan La’l’s father Girdhari Lal’s house). So he sits at the doorstep waiting for someone to come home.

He hears a Kabootar cooing and that brings a broad smile on his face.

He climbs the wall to catch the Kabootar. It flies aways but he discovers something else.

It doesn’t take long for him to figure out what Chanda has been upto. Furious, he breaks the door open and enters the house just in time to see  Girdhari Lal passing away. But just before he dies, assuming that it’s his son Mohan, Girdhari makes him promise that he’ll look after his wife and daughter. Delirious as he is, he can’t even recognize that it’s not Mohan.

But Ramu has no intention of taking up their responsibility. He’s all set to return to the city when Maa (Lalita Pawar) insists on coming with him. She emotionally blackmails him saying that Mohan is all they have now and if only he could take them to Mohan, they would never trouble him again. He agrees to this on a condition that Chanda stays away from him or else he would kill her and not even be sorry for it.

After coming back, he first goes to Mohan’s house but soon finds out that he has been arrested for a theft. He goes to meet him at the prison.

He goes and pleads the inspector to lock him up instead and let Mohan go! But that doesn’t seem to work. Also, Mohan doesn’t want his mother and sister to know what he’s been upto. So, unwilligly Ramu lies that Mohan is out of town and takes them to his house.

Chanda keeps cribbing so much – the house is so small and untidy, if her brother had been there she would have lived like a princess etc etc…Ramu gets so irritated and they keep fighting all the time (but their fights are cute).  Inquisitive neighbours peep in to ask Ramu who they are and where they’ve come from, if he’s married to the girl and their questions just go on and on…

When Ramu goes out to buy grocery, Chanda goes out to get water and the other guys in the neighbourhood worry her and sing Zulf hai (quite a funny picturisation). He returns just as the song gets over and when he sees what’s going on, holds her hand and drags her to the house. And yes, she keeps screaming and telling him to keep away from him.

I don’t know what happens in between –  how they reconcile. In the next scene they are sitting on the terrace singing praises and admitting their love for each other followed by a song Kehte hai pyaar jisko.

As expected, people around start gossiping all the more after they see the two of them singing and dancing on the terrace. Maa and Chanda both feel that the only way to end all this is to get Chanda married to Ramu.

But Ramu refuses to marry her. He feels he’s illitrate and jobless and that Chanda deserves someone better. At this, the mother-daughter duo decide to leave the house and go back to their village. Ramu tries to stop them but they just don’t listen to him. Finally, this is what he says to stop them from going back (can’t help laughing thinking of Chanda’s expression).

Boss tells Ramu that he would sponsor his wedding – so what if Gopal is not there, he’s always seen Ramu as his own brother and as long as he’s around Ramu will never have to worry about anything. Ramu is very  grateful and promises Boss that he would do anything for him in return for this favour.

Chanda and Ramu get married, but just as the ceremony gets over, Ramu is summoned by Boss.

Boss and Harya (Madan Puri), his assistant,  have setup a trap to kill Ramu.

When Chanda hears of Ramu’s death there’s a sad version of Kehte hai pyaar jisko.  And she goes to commit suicide herself.

Will Ramu survive the attack? What happens to Chanda and Maa? Will Mohan ever be released from Prison? Will Boss get caught for all his misdeeds?

On the whole it’s a nice movie. Loved Chanda-Ramu fights and their romance. And the songs, Kehte hai pyaar jisko and Phir wohi chaand. It was nice to see Dev Anand roaming around shirtless/ with his shirt unbuttoned even when we was wearing one ;-) (Now I know where Salman Khan got his inspiration from). I had read somewhere that he was a big sensation in those days, one of the most good looking stars and women went gaga over him. Wonder what effect this had on them.

There were couple of other songs in the movie : Hum toh jaani pyaar karega and Mr. John ya Baba Khan ya lala Roshanadan.

The supporting cast included quite a lot of actors but sad that they hardly had anything to do -

Lots of people and that too people with potential but all these people were hardly used. Lalita Pawar in such a bechari role (forget bechari, there’s hardly any substance in her role) , I somehow couldn’t digest; same with Madan Puri. Kumkum and Mehmood just make an appearance in 2 scenes, Helen in one dance, Nana Palsikar for around 5 mins.

One thing that’s given lots of importance is Kabootar :-)

It’s neither very evil nor very preachy. It’s pretty entertaining and if I had to rate it, I would give it 6.5 on 10.

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23 Responses to “Baarish (1957)”

  1. bollyviewer Says:

    I had no idea that Dev Anand did shirtless stuff, too! It might be worth watching the film for that – or maybe not. I amazed Nutan happily agreed to marry him after seeing his shirt unbuttoned! Maybe it was his singing – she couldnt believe Manna Dey’s voice was coming out of those lips and decided to marry him, just to solve the mystery? ;-) I think I’ve caught parts of this and maybe confused it with Paying Guest. Dev Nutan were best, in my opinion, in Tere Ghar Ke Saamne.

  2. dustedoff Says:

    Yes, I loved Tere Ghar ke Saamne. Paying Guest too: it had such fabulous songs, and both Dev Anand and Nutan looked awesome! I’d rate Baarish next, and then, perhaps Manzil… that one was too sad for me.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I haven’t seen Manzil yet and have seen Paying Guest only in parts. So many films to watch and so little time :-(

      • Nasir Says:

        Talking about Paying Guest, Watch out for Yaqub’s steller performance. What villainy! Yaqub maybe unknown to the newer generation, but he was a very popular actor of his days when he did all sort of roles. In my opinion, this is the movie where support actors have cast their shadows on the leading actors – Nutan notwithstanding.

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        Thanks for this piece of info, I’ll be on a special lookout for Yakub when I watch the movie :-)

  3. Nasir Says:

    I haven’t see Baarish. But I do remember that it main release in Mumbai (Bombay) was at Novelty Cinema (1957) probably after Nau Do Gyarah there.

    I remember Chitalkar’s Daane Daane Pe Likhaa and Baba Khan used to be aired on radio often. Yes, also that one: Kehte Hain Pyaar Jisko.

    My impression is that it was just an ordinary movie out of four releases that year – Paying Guest being the best, and then Nau Do Gyaarah.

    Nutan and Dev Anand of course went on making so many films.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I had also heard the songs on radio pretty often. And yes, you are right, it’s just an ordinary movie. Am off to hunt for Paying Guest now. I had enjoyed watching Nau Do Ghyarah.
      Had first seen it when I was in school. After that I was in hostel and one thing I missed the most during my hostel days was watching old movies. Had very few friends who were interested in watching old movies, so we used to make up by telling stories of the movies that we have seen to others. I finally met few friends in office after I started work who were into watching old movies. One of them got the Nau do ghyarah dvd to give it to me and we had actually seen it in office, it was so much fun.

      I had totally enjoyed watching Tere Ghar Ke Saamne , have to watch Paying Guest next.

  4. bollywoodeewana Says:

    I’ll look out for this, as i’ve been on a Dev roll recently. The poster of the movie is at the very top of my banner, i love the art work

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YQSZcpg4rHg/S4R6H-XoQ6I/AAAAAAAAEFc/jbjZ8AEdYdU/S724/bollywooddeewana's+banner+(2).jpg

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Dev Anand’s movies are fun..I especially like his black-n-white movies. Yes, the poster in your banner is nice. In the movie Mohan and Ramu share the same cigarette – they actually break the cigarette into 2 equal halves and smoke.

      • Nasir Says:

        This used to be a usual sentimental stuff in old Bollywood movies, i.e. breaking a cigarette into two halves or even picking up from the floor a cigarette thrown by some well-off guy in disgust or some such things. As you know, the crown goes to Ashok Kumar for smoking most cigarettes on-screen.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Exactly, sharing cigarettes and daaru was pretty sentimental stuff during those days :-)

      • Nasir Says:

        Daaru? A no-no!
        It will be interesting to find that out. I say because during the ‘Fifties, Morarji Desai was the Chief Minister of the then Bombay State. He was dead against the vices, especially alcohol and prostitution. So I doubt it whether drinks were glorified in the movies of that decade. Of course, we have the famous Daagh (1953) of Dilip Kumar based on the Marathi play, Mee Daaru Sodli, which sent the message that drinking was no good for the society and the hero reforms himself (fortunately for us being saved from another tragedy of DK). Devdas clearly showed the sad end-result of drinking.

        At this instant, I do remember that there were Johny Walker’s movies where he is shown drunk. Even so, this should be a good subject to explore from the Censor Board’s point of view in that decade.

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        Not in the Fifties, but there are few movies made in the later years that had daaru-buddies.
        Yes, and the first song/scene that comes to my mind with Johny Walker and Daaru combo is Junlge mein mor naacha

  5. harvey Says:

    Dev-Nutan pairing is enough a reason to watch this movie, I think!
    had always seen this movie listed and didn’t have aclue as to what the film might be about. Till today that is! thanks for the review!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      That was the main reason I picked it up in the first place :-) I simply love the jodi. And it wasn’t all that bad a deal. Though predictable, moive was a good timepass nad Dev-Nutan scenes were really cute, be it their fights or their romance.

  6. Nasir Says:

    Jungle mein mor naacha? That’s 1958. A year before, we had Gateway of India where we had MUNH SE MAT LAGAA CHEEZ HAI BURI…It was a delightful picturisation of a drunk Johny Walker chasing Madhubala in his flat.

    By the way, I liked Gateway of India a lot. Watching it over and over again is a great time-pass, thanks to music, thanks to Madhubala and the interesting story and suspense.

  7. Epstein Says:

    Dev anand and Nutan acted together in four films. Bearish ,Manzil ,paying guest and Tere ghar ke samne. The love chemistry between the two is fabulous . Of the four Tere ghar ke samne is the best. The songs” dil ki bavarkare pukar pyar ka raaj ” and”Tu kaha ye Bata” are immortal

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I havent seen Paying Guest yet but I love the songs. Out of the other movies you have mentioned, I like Tere Ghar Ke Saamne the best! It’s such a cute film.

  8. yves Says:

    Hello,
    I’m watching Baarish right now, without subtitles, and thanks to your explanations am able to follow the story tolerably well – my hindi being what it is!! Much of the substance in the minor exchanges is lost of course, and especially “what he says to stop them from going back”!! Can you tell me? Do you remember?
    Thanks,
    yves

  9. yves Says:

    Hello, just to let you know I’ve been more than pleased to find your summary of the film – at least its beginning, since I had to see it without subtitles! And I have a question: what does Ramu say, to stop Chanda from going back, which means Chanda understands he’s finally hers??
    Thanks!

    • Suhan Says:

      Yves – When Ramu tries to stop Chanda and her mother from leaving and she doesn’t listen, he says “Your husband orders that you listen” i.e. referring to himself of course and she is overjoyed :-)

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