Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977)

Ravi (Rajesh Khanna) is a well educated guy but hasn’t got a job yet. Unlike others, he doesn’t find any job big or small…he just takes up anything that comes his way. The movie opens showing him delivering Newspapers at people’s door – but the job is not permanent. He likes painting and usually makes paintings that depict village life…on being asked by his friend he says city life is very mechanical and he doesn’t like it.

When his Maa ji (Pratima Devi) sees one of his paintings she says that the house in his painting is so much like his dadaji’s house. But alas, his father had to  leave it and come to the city because of sarkari naukari.

Saying that she leaves for post office to collect her husband’s pension but he stops her. He goes to the Post Office instead.

At the Post Office, Om Shivpuri is interviewing people for the post of a Post Man at Sitapur and gets so frustrated talking to people who come for the interview.
When Ravi comes to collect his father’s pension, he takes it for granted that he’s one of the interview candidates and starts asking him questions. He asks Ravi for his age and Ravi says : As per certificates, it’s 21 but that’s not correct.
Om : How can you say that?
Ravi : Because noone knows which year I was born in…Mom says there was a flood in the village the year I was born, as though I wouldn’t have been born had it not been for the floods. She also says, I was born after 2 years since she got married and there was a drought that year.
This part is very interesting. Ravi, unaware that he’s being interviewed answers with such carefree attitude. And Om Shivpuri, on the other hand is also pleasantly surprised and enjoys the conversation.
At the end of 5 minutes, Om Shivpuri offers him the job and Ravi gladly takes it up.

Now that he’s an official postman, he comes home in Postman’s uniform and says : Postman….money order. His mom comes to the door, checks the sheet:
Maa : Yeh kaisa moneyorder hai bhai? (What kind of money order is this, Bhai?)
Ravi : Bhai nahin maa, beta kaho beta! (Bhai nahin, call me Beta)
Maa tu toh aise ghabra gayi…daakiya bana, koi daaku thodi na bana…aur phir sarkari naukari hai – rehne ke liye kapda makaan muft aur rotiyaan Manoj Kumar se maang lenge. (You were so worried…I have become a daakia – a postman, not a Daaku. And it’s a government job, I’ll get accomodation and uniform for free…that leaves roti and I can always ask Manoj Kumar for that)
Maa : Woh kaun hai? (Who’s that?)
Ravi : Maa tu picturen nahin dekhti. (Maa, you don’t watch movies)

His mother is worried that he’s going for such a job when he’s so well educated. But he is happy to be employed. So he sets out for Sitapur.  After getting down from the train, he boards Nattu’s (Amjad Khan) Tanga bound for Sitapur.

Existing Post Master explains his job to  him…says his job would also include writing letters for others, reading out their letters etc apart from just delivering them…because not everybody in the village is literate.

Ravi is asked to share his quarters with Raghu Rampuri(Asrani), who’s a unique-piece item. The moment Ravi enters the house Raghu says  : The only two things that are famous from Rampur are – me and chaku (wonder what Laxman had to say abt it :P). And then introduces him as  a poet. When Ravi says that he’s never heard his poems, Raghu says : it’s just that I am ahead of my poems – I became more famous than my poems 😛

Parcel (Rajoo Shrestha) lives with Raghu. He cleans the house and cooks for him, in return Raghu teaches him how to read and write.
Ravi : Kiska ladka hai? (Whose child is he?)
Raghu : Daak khaane ka (Post Office’s…no wonder he’s named Parcel). He lives at the post office, noone knows who his parents are but he loves reading. Maybe he’ll also become a Postman like you when he grows up.

On his first day at work, he goes to the temple in the morning to deliver Panditji’s letter and sees Mohini (Hema Mailin) there.

There’s an old lady in the village, whose son, Rasulla, had joined the Army and gone away… and who never returned back. She’s gone insane waiting to hear from him. She sits guarding a mango tree from other kids in the village. She’s been dying to hear from her son for years and when Ravi comes there and chases the little boys troubling her away, she sees the letters on the carrier of Ravi’s cycle and takes them away saying all those are her son’s letters.

He has to coax her into giving those letters back to him. And then he pulls out a blank paper from the stack of letters and recites : Meri pyaari ammi….pretending to read the content from a letter. And at the end he asks her : Nani, what’s your son’s name? And after she says the name, he ends the letter saying : Tera beta Rasulla.

Then he goes about delivering letters…he goes to a house and  knocks, Mohini opens the door and is delighted to see the Postman…he hands over a letter  –
Ravi : I am new here, had I known this letter was for you,  I would have given it at the temple itself.
Mohini : You are new, that’s why I didn’t ask you if there was any letter for me when I saw you in the temple.
But the letter is not for her, somebody showed him the wrong house and she’s very disappointed.

She, however, guides him to the correct address, Choudhary’s house. His daughter, Chhutki (Farida Jalal) opens the door and talks non-stop that her father is not home with lots of if-else conditions. Finally when she’s done, he gives her the letter and leaves.

Chhutki’s wedding has been fixed and the letter is from her sasural, she’s very excited to know what’s written in it…so she comes to call Mohini so that they both could go somewhere and read the letter. She takes permission from Mohini’s maa (Leela Mishra) and they both leave with an excuse of  fetching water from the well.

She opens the letter, puts the envelope behind on a stone wall surrounding the well and starts reading the letter. But she can’t read properly and can’t figure out what’s written in it…she asks Mohini for help but she can’t read either. She says she would have gone and joined the army if she knew how to read and write.

When they see people coming towards them, she tries to collect the envelope and leave from there, but in a hurry, she misses it and the envelope goes flying down into the well.

There’s a beautiful song here – Allah megh de. The letter finally reaches the Chaudhary and he reads it but is perplexed thinking how the Daakiya could have brought the letter without an envelope, which means no address. Chhutki lies to him saying that the letter was delivered without the envelope. And as though her saying so would help she says : Good that the kept the envelope. Imagine if he had to keep the letter and just give the envelope to us. We would never get to know what’s in the letter.
When Daakiya comes the following morning, Chaudhary is still perplexed wondering about the missing envelope and he asks him if he has come to distribute just the envelopes today. Now, it’s Ravi’s turn to get confused. He’s accused of taking the envelope away. (What could he possible do with it even if he had to take it?) Finally Mohini comes to his rescues and spills the truth to Chaudhary.

Next, he goes searching for Aarti Sharma to give Money order….when he reaches her house, he sees her busy making quilts.She stops her work to chat with him for a while and says that it’s her husband’s pension.

Aazadi ke jung mein saheed hue the – She claims to be an army’s widow and yet she puts sindoor. He’s kind of confused. And finding his puzzled expression very natural, she goes on to explain that she’s Amar suhagan and all the others in the village call her Suhagi didi. She says she waits for this day not because she would get money but for her husband…she feels connected to him in some way and when she puts sindoor she feels that he’s still somewhere around. 

Ravi takes her hand, and takes her thumb impression on the paper before giving her the Pension amount. But she doesn’t keep the money…she sends it for the welfare of other armies who are fighting day and night, protecting the country and ensuring everybody’s safety. At the end he realizes that she’s educated and can converse fluently in English as well. He leaves feeling embarrased for taking her thumb impression instead of asking her to sign.

Ravi sits under a Peepal tree infront of Mohini’s house and sorts his letters. And she awaits a letter herself quite desparately so keeps asking him if there’s a letter for her. Ravi replies to her and continues with his work. 

Mohini (to her cow) : Do you want some water?
Ravi (assuming she’s asking him) : Yes, a glass of water, please.
Mohini : What will a glass of water do, I will have to get a bucket full of water for you.
And then she asks him if he would want some water…to this he replies –
Ravi :  Yes, but not in a bucket.

She goes towards the house and then stops half way through to ask if buttermilk would do. He nods. And she comes with a glass of buttermilk for him.
Mohini :  if I get any letters, do give it to me.
Ravi : Who else would I give it to?
Mohini: Oh I mean, dont give it to Maa.
Ravi : Once bitten twice shy, I would never make that mistake again. I have learnt a lot from Chaudhary saab’s letter episode (Dhoodh ka jala hoon na, dekho chhach ko bhi phook phook ke pee raha hoon).
She behaves pretty mysterious asking about letters so he asks her if she gets letters often.
Mohini : No, but just in case if I get any letters.
Ravi : You wait so much for them, you must have got them earlier too.
Mohini : No, not yet, but…
Ravi : Who is it that you expect to hear from so much?
Mohini : (Little uncomfortably) I am supposed to get a letter form my Mamaji.
And goes away saying she has to give buttermilk to her cow.
Ravi : Buttermilk? To cow?
Mohini : I mean water…don’t know what I am saying today
Ravi (jokingly) : You get so confused, has it ever happened that you kept your food plate infront of the cow and started eating the grass yourself?
She laughs and goes away. 

Ravi sings Daakiya daak laaya as he goes about his work.  He comes home from work very hungry and asks Parcel for food. Raghu gives him water and starts asking about Mohini. The entire village is talking about the two of them now. Ravi confides that he likes Mohini but has no idea how she feels for him. Just then Parcel comes with a sheet of paper and asks Raghu if it’s ok…Raghu after going through it approves of it and asks Parcel to post it. Ravi is confused as to what they both are upto. Raghu explains to him that nobody ever wrote him a letter in his life, so he’s making Parcel write one and post it. He would reply to it on receiving it.

One day on his way back home, Ravi sees Mohini sitting on a tree branch and staring.

He asks her what she’s looking at and she says she was thinking about the armies who were there few months ago for training. She would sit there and look at them for hours together.
Mohini : This area used to be so full of armies some time back and now…
Ravi : And now, let’s both go and do a parade.
Mohini : Who will distribute your letters then?
Ravi : We could ask anybody to do that…what’s the name of that liar friend of yours? Chhutki? Let her go around giving the letters and her father will go behind her with the envelopes 😉
She asks him why he didn’t come and sit under the Peepal tree today to sort his letters and mentions  she was actually waiting for him the whole day.
Ravi : You were waiting for me? or for your mamaji’s letter?
Mohini : Had made daliya today, you come everyday so had kept some for you too.
Ravi : Is it still there or did u give it to ur cow?
Mohini : I have kept some for you.
Ravi : Ok then, I have to go to Suhagi didi’s house now, I’ll come over after that (extremely delighted).

Suhagi has made some quilts and blankets and she gives them to Ravi to send them across to some regiment. Ravi comes to Mohini’s place to have daliya. He barely sits down when Mohini’s cow breaks free and runs away with the rope entangled with Ravi’s cycle. Mohini’s cow running away with Ravi’s cycle – this becomes such a big breaking news and the hottest gossip in the village.

Ravi goes behind the cow and finally brings both the cow and cycle home. But he gets hurt in the process. So Mohini tends to his wounds. She notices Suhagi’s parcel and asks Ravi about it.
Him : She has sent it for the armies.
Her : What if I want to send a parcel to somebody?
Him : You should have his name and regiment address and it will reach him. But…why? You know any fauji?
Her : No, I was just asking.

Rekha makes a special appearance in this dance – Surme wale sainyaan hamaro ji.

After a few days, she meets him by that tree again and takes his measurements for a sweater. He’s very happy and is now sure that she likes him too.

Another day she complains that he never brings a letter for her and then he promises to bring a letter for her the following day.

He goes home that night and sits awake the whole night writing a letter to her – putting down his feelings on paper. When he meets her, he gives her the letter and she’s extremely delighted. Then she shows him the sweater she has knit and asks him to try it. He’s happily trying it out when she looks at the letter and says – now that he has written to me and I have his address, I can send the sweater too.
He is shocked to find out that it’s not for him. All his dreams are shattered and he’s heart is broken…

She then tells him her story – She had met Ravi (Jeetendra), an army officer when his battalion was training near her village, fallen in love with him and had also quietly married him in a temple. But he had to go almost immediately after that and she has never heard of him since. However, she’s sure he’ll return back to her some day.

Now that he knows she’s already married, he decides to help her locate Ravi (Jeetendra). Heartbroken as he is, he cannot help himself from singing a song – Ladkhadane do mujhe. He goes to the town the following morning searching for Ravi (Jeetendra) but with no luck and finally comes back to Sitapur again.

He meets Rasulla’s mother at the station, she gives him a letter and asks him to read it. It has the news of Rasullah’s death and the letter is dated ten years back.

The very same day he receives a telegram saying that the Army Officer he was looking for has been killed in the war. With a heavy heart he goes to give the news to Mohini but there’s a huge crowd gathered there. Mohini tells him that Rasulla’s mother died of sorrow because somebody told her that her son is dead. Ravi feels guilty and tells her that he was the one who had read the letter out to her. At this she tells him he should have lied and hidden the truth from her. At least a lie would have saved her life. Everybody in the village knew of Rasulla’s death but nobody had dared to break the news to her because they were scared she would die of shock.

Now, Ravi (Rajesh) cannot bring himself to tell Mohini of Ravi’s (Jeetendra) death. And he goes back home with a heavier heart. He’s in a dilemma as to whether to tell Mohini the truth or to hide it from her.

Mohini, on the other hand, now aware that the war has come to an end starts waiting all the more eagerly for Ravi (Jeetendra) – Ghungta gira hai.

What will Ravi do now? Will he ever be able to tell Mohini the truth? Will she ever come to know that he was once in love with her? Will she misunderstand his intentions? Mohini’s Maa is pressurizing her to get married…how long will she be able to postpone it? Will she be able to voice out and explain about her marriage with Ravi (Jeetendra)? Is Ravi (Jeetendra) really dead? Or Ravi (Rajesh) has something else in mind?

What I liked about the movie : Everything! 🙂 I loved this movie. The simplicity and the sensitivity with which the story is executed is simply amazing. It’s a slow paced movie that builds up with every scene, every frame. I like the way how the story and the characters grow together hand-in-hand.

It’s set in a small village where hardly anybody knows to read and write. The entire movie is about small hurdles and obstacles that they have to overcome in their day-today lives. Not everything is perfect but how the characters still find a reason to smile and be content with what they have in life. It’s about relationships – how one can confide in a stranger, how a mere gesture of affection could be mistaken for love. Again, having said that, it’s not just Rajesh Khanna’s fault that he falls in love with her.  Admit that Hema Malini looks stunning in her deglam avataar but in addition to that she does lead him on, though unknowingly. Subtle performance, witty one-liners and lilting melodies, though not very popular, are the highlights of this film. Hats off to Gulzaar for writing such a beautiful story, Director Meraj for a wonderful job of executing and presenting the story, Laxmikant Pyarelal for beautiful music and all the actors for their great  performance.

Daakiya daak laaya made me feel very nostalgic – my eyes were brimming with tears when the song got over. Less than a decade ago, I myself used to wait so eagerly for the postman to come. The moment I would spot him cycling towards the hostel gate, I would literally run out to ask him if there was a letter for me. The joy of recieving a letter is something that emails and chat messengers can never match up to. Even with the advent of internet, I didn’t have much access to e-mails back then. Laptops were very rare and not allowed in hostel. And with all the rules in missionary hostel, we would get an outing only once a month. So had to wait for one whole month to go to an Internet cafe. Letters were faster. 😉 Postman would usually come during our lunch break but sometimes he would get late and come only after we left hostel for afternoon class. If I was fortunate enough to catch him on the way, I would still collect my letter before rushing for the class…but having to sit in class and concentrate on lecture with an un-opened letter in hand seemed to be the most difficult thing to do  in the world – 45 mins seemed like ages. But  it used to be worth all that. And oh how I miss all those simple joys of life now! 😦

What I didn’t like : Amjad Khan was wasted here…he hardly had 5 minutes role as the taangawaala. And even Jeetendra for that matter, though I am sure that except for bollywooddeewana and Nasir, nobody would actually mind that or miss him. He just has around 2 minutes time on screen. The end was a little too abrupt but other than than I foudn the movie very good.

I had bought this movie in December and wanted to review it as a part of Rajesh Khanna special post I was doing then for his  birthday, but I couldn’t even watch it then. So, when Jeetendra’s birthday was around the corner I thought I would write about it then, I had an excuse to pull out this movie from my stack. I finally watched the movie, but was so occupied that I couldn’t post it till today. I had come back home today with my mind set that I wouldn’t go to sleep without completing this post. And finally I have succeeded. 🙂

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44 Responses to “Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977)”

  1. dustedoff Says:

    Oh, this sounds wonderful! I am not much of a Rajesh Khanna-in-the-late-70’s fan (his mannerisms and that hairstyle put me off), but this story sounds so sensitive and lovely. Will certainly look out for it. Thank you!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I hadn’t watched many of his films in the late 70’s. But now I feel he did better movies at the end of his career. Though not all of them did well at the BO, but they had sensible storyline and he was much more matured as an actor. I initially had a major crush on him after watching movies like Aradhna, Kati Patang, Anand….but today I love him more for movies like this, Aashirvaad, Aakhri Khat (though this was one of his earliest movies), Red Rose, Agar Tum Na Hote…..
      I liked this movie so much that I ended up watching the entire movie al over again with a pretense of taking screencaps 😉

      • alok Says:

        I agree with you – see Dhanwan, Souten, Avataar, Shatru, Dard, Rajput, Thodisi Bewafaii, Kudrat, Amardeep etc. You have named Red Rose, Agar tum… Aashirvad(??) which movie is this??

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        I’ve seen all of them except for Dhanwan and Rajput…I didn’t like Souten much, compared to the rest. I recently saw Thodi Si Bewafai on DD – Oh how I love the songs of this movie! Loved everything about it in fact.
        Amardeep was too much of sacrifice, but a power-packed performance agian. Needless to say anything about Avataar…I had liked Dard a lot when I had first seen it when I was 15. Haven’t got around to watching it again.
        Oh, I meant to say Aavishkaar and I typed Aashirvaad instead…how silly of me.

  2. alok Says:

    Archana – acting in this movie could have been done only by Rajesh Khanna. It is a pity that this gem of a movie did not do wonders when released in late 1977. It had released with a big news that it was a Gulzar type movie done by his assistant. However, the movie was not a great hit. This was a Dushman type movie set in the villages with good music and soft story very well told. The climax makes people happy- as the hero gets what he wanted. A great review, keep it up. Thanks for making new comers familiar with this 33 year old gem.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      True…the role was tailor-made for Rajesh Khanna. And I am falling more and more in love with him with every movie. Sad that such a beautiful movie couldn’t make it big at BO. Had seen Dushman as a kid and had liked it very much. The main difference between Dushman and PKCM is that there are no villians in PKCM 🙂
      It was a great movie and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it…the pleasure’s all mine. Thanks for dropping by. I would have never got to know about how it fared at BO and how and where it was released had it not been for you.

  3. Heyman Says:

    I found this movie better than the Gulzar Movies of those times like Khushboo, Kinara etc…..Generally Gulzar’s movies would have music by RD, while this one by his assistant Meraj had LP’s music which is excellent to say the least…Dakia song is one of my favourites….and it was regularly played on DD those days….Thanks for the review..

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thanks for dropping by. I had taken it for granted that music must be by RD. Was pleasantly surprised to find out it was LP. I had heard Daakiya daak laaya on Vividh Bharati and I liked the song but I had somehow never paid much attention to the movie name. So when I realized that the song was from this movie, I was delighted. So more reasons to like the film.

  4. Chat Says:

    i really loved this movie! it is great 🙂

  5. alok Says:

    The movie was released without much publicity but was released in proper halls in major cities. It ran about 5/6 weeks. It was then shifted to noon shows for a week or so and would have recovered its costs not a wash out.

    This was peak of action era and Rajesh Khanna was then written off. He had his set of fans then. His action movie Chailla Babu did better business in those years. But the Dakia song was a hit.

    • harvey Says:

      Just imagine! 5-6 weeks! Nowadays if a movie runs for 5-6 weekss it is called a super-hit!
      At that time with no or hardly any TV and no videos, people offtne used to go for a second or third show!

  6. Sharmi Says:

    Hmmm.. at last. This is a good one… Though I’m a bit put off by Khanna’s hideous hairstyle. But the songs are good. I will watch this one for sure. Looks like a nice Sunday afternoon watch 🙂

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I have always been a Rajesh Khanna fan, ever since my childhood. Rajesh Khanna’s my first crush and Shammi Kapoor my first love 🙂
      So I didn’t actually mind his hair-style. At least he didn’t have bright-colored wierd outfits like in other movies of the late 70’s and 80’s here. Please do watch it. Would love to hear your take on it.

    • radzi Says:

      Hairstyle and sometime some weird fashion and strange color matching…

      Some wrote this on you-tube:

      8 months ago 2
      That scarf is really silly but it doesn’ t matter what he wears. Rajesh Khanna is simply gorgeous.

      • sophy Says:

        Hey that looks familiar.. Since then I have noticed that they all wore those scarves–even Vinod Khanna who was I thiink best dressed. Only Dharam did not succumb.

  7. harvey Says:

    Rajesh Khanna did some good movies in the end of 70s but they all unfortunately flopped.
    Hema played again the waiting wife in her home production Ratnadeep. The movie has some very good songs. Wonder why Gulzar took L-P and not Pancham?
    I watched it on DD in the early 80s, though I’ve forgotten the end now

    luv the dialogue
    ‘Roti? Woh Manoj Kumar se le leynge’

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I’ve been watching his not very-famous/hit movies and have been loving them more than the ones that were a huge commericial success. I haven’t seen Ratnadeep, will add it to my list. Pretty surprising that he took LP and not RD. But LP have done a great job.
      Me too…I had to pause and laugh before I could continue. There are many more such one liners.

      That was the era of silver and golden jibilee. So I guess 5-6 weeks were not enough to declare a film hit. And in today’s world, if only a movie would run for 5-6 weeks, it would be declared as the biggest blockbuster of the year.

  8. Suhan Says:

    Thanks so much Archana 🙂 Hands down, ‘Palkon…’ is one of my favorites in Kaka’s oeuvre. I agree with you totally about the films of his flop phase from 1976 through 1979. Surprisingly, they have tremendous repeat value though they didn’t run at the BO for a star of Rajesh’s caliber. Some of the obscure ones from then that I like include Naukri, Chakravyuh (if you can forgive the last few minutes), the fairy tale-ish Bundal Baaz which is a hoot, Tyaag (which Memsaab has just reviewed), and Karm. And I love the track in ‘Bhola Bhala’ where he is the insurance agent. He is just so fine as the bumbling fool. Unfortunately the grafting of the ‘daku’ story totally screwed up the film. In all of these, the hair, continuity issues, and sometimes sloppy editing and execution don’t seem to matter because he is so very good.

    There is a thread in the Rajesh Khanna Topix Forum where ‘Palkon..’ has been discussed and I said way too much 🙂 But for what it’s worth, here are some of those thoughts.

    “Just watched Palkon ki Chhaon Mein especially because Basab Sinha’s comment about Kaka not giving it his whole in this one intrigued me—I’d always liked it but thought hmm is my bar too low?! So a revisit was warranted.

    Cons — continuity!! It’s really annoying to see him with a beard in one scene and without immediately thereafter in what’s supposed to be the same sequence. The same goes for the hair — wildly different from one instance to the next when the phase lag doesn’t justify it. The other problem was editing which was quite shoddy unless there was a problem with my DVD. But in several places the scene ended abruptly in the middle of a conversation! Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy.

    Pros — everything else! As I’ve said earlier, I’m particularly partial to films set in the village. This looked like the real deal. I thought Hema was especially beauteous. Amjad Khan seemed wasted, I kept expecting something to happen with that leg of the story. The songs were good. And Kaka (if you ignored those continuity issues) was gooood! I liked the underplaying, it was very effective.

    Increasingly, I’m beginning to think that he must’ve done some of these films ‘mann ke liye’(for the head, Radzi) — there’s a quote from Deven Verma who’d said there were several reasons to do films one was for “dhan”(money), the other was “mann”(the mind), I forget the last one. I can’t see how this film could be seen to run as far as the masses were concerned?

    “….I love it to bits and RK in it and mostly because it is so naturalistic rather than declamatory. I like the underplaying, the non ‘acting’. The scene ….about his mother’s ‘aasu’ flowing ‘tap tap tap’ – when I saw that the first time almost went into the screen to give him a hug 😀 Shhho shhhhweet. That’s pure fangirliness for you 🙂

    I can see Palkon any number of times and still feel a warm glow about it despite its obvious flaws with regard to continuity and what many consider his loss in looks, etc. It’s such an honest film, he is so effortless in how he comes across, I love it.”

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I was so engrossed in the film that I didn’t even notice his hair much. Yes, there were flaws in it, but given a good story line and fabulous performance, they didn’t bother me much.

  9. alok Says:

    The movies are old and so the scene jumps and abruptly ends. Actually they were not so shoddy.

    As far as continuity issues are concerned- they seem to be more in RK movies in those days as he used to redo the completed scenes again at a later stage for a better finish, a better close up etc.. This is visible in most of his movies – Namak Haraam, Chailla Babu etc. His hair style changed every month post 1976 and so one can make it out if you are closely watching the movie.

    Rajesh Khanna has a no of good movies which were not big hits which have a better repeat value than hits of those times- Palkon … is one of them. I will not comment on movies post 1990 as the concept and purpose of movie making has undergone a huge change.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I was smitten by his charm when I saw his earlier movies. But it’s now after I’ve seen more of his later movies that I’ve begun to see him beyond my crush and fangirliness awe and learnt to appreciate him better as an actor.
      Though I have seen most of his commercially successful movies in the late 60’s and 70’s, it’s films like Aakhri Khat (it’s the imperfect character – who’s not always right like most of the filmy heroes are; of his that gives so much substance to the story and makes his look natural. I totally love everything about this movie), Amar Prem, Aashirvaad, Anand, Safar, Amrit etc that are closer to my heart rather than films like Aradhna, Sachcha Jhuta, Aap Ki Kasam….

  10. radzi Says:

    Wow…you almost cover all aspects. I do not know what else to say.

    …Thanks Archana on a wonderful review of one of my favorite movie. I first saw this movies in the ’70s (probably ’78) in the cinema (was still a teenager) and loved it ever since. Have soon repeated it since then although would like to.

    Thanks again!

  11. radzi Says:

    Wow almost cover all aspects. I do not know what else to say.

    …Thanks Archana on a wonderful review of one of my favorite movie. I first saw this movies in the ’70s (probably ’78) in the cinema (was still a teenager) and loved it ever since. Have soon repeated it since then although would like to.

    Thanks again!

  12. Nasir Says:

    I think I haven’t seen this one, and yes, I would’ve definitely preferred to see more of Amjad Khan and Jeetendra, if at all, in this movie.

    From the story it appears, that there’s certain amount of obsessession with letters which is understable since our hero is a Daakiya (postman). But Hema’s wait for a letter took me to Hema Malini’s earlier movie DULHAN and the song AAYEGI ZAROOR CHITTHI MERE NAAM KI…

    Regarding a village I used to say that I would like to spend my time in villages but then I have lone since woken up. For one, I don’t find those ‘Gaon ki Goris’ which used to be a pet scene in older films. Also, such scenes of the goris with a careless attire such as a half-slipped blouse and petticoat and a pot on the head going to a ‘panghat’ in a provocative manner hardly exist. Neither are the villagers as simple as they are portrayed usually in our movies. The TV channels have shown us enough villages to inform us about the draconian customs that still exist there.

    I certainly agree with you Archana regarding a peculiar charm of the yore when letters were awaited with bated breath – when hearts were poured out in them by writers. Letter writing was an art then. No shortcuts OMG!

    An excellent review as usual Archana!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thanks Nasir! 🙂
      For one, I don’t find those ‘Gaon ki Goris’ – LOL!!! How true!!! I’ve been to quite a lot of villages haven’t seen any goris with careless attire going to the panghat with a pot on their head the way they show in movies yet. Not that I’ve been checking out the girls in village, but with so much being shown in films, I just couldn’t help looking around 😛

      And letters will always remain special. I still have all those letters I was talking about….it gives me a thrill reading them even today – they still hold that charm.

  13. bollywoodeewana Says:

    Lol at ‘apart from bollywooddeewna or Nasir’, i’ll look out for this thanks

  14. bollyviewer Says:

    Love this film – so simple and heartwarming! It has all the Gulzar hallmarks, except for the great acting that he could extract from his actors. I think Rajesh Khanna’s acting wouldn’t have fluctuated so much with his hair length, had Gulzar directed! Having said that, I must admit that there were places that even I liked RK – and I am not particularly keen on him. I remember watching this way back in the 90s and was sure I could predict the end (one woman = one marriage and one marriage only) – so the climax was a very pleasant surprise.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Hear you say that you even liked RK at some places is quite surprising!
      Climax was kind of abrupt but pleasant as well. I didn’t mind RK’s hair…I fell in love with the movie instantly. So overlooked all the flaws 🙂

  15. Sharmi Says:

    Waiting for your next post…What will it be on??? 🙂

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      My next post has been due for such a long time. I was almost done with it and then I realized it was RDB’s Birth Anniversary, so postponed it again. Every morning when I get up I think – At least today, I’ll come back home early and complete that post.
      But for more than a week now, I’ve been coming home past 11…and am too tired to think then.

  16. hemal ganatra Says:

    rk is the best

  17. AG Says:

    I never thought a review would leave me so curious to watch a movie! I almost never watch movies beyond the 90s mostly cause i couldnt connect to them. But i didnt come across the ones you review on your blog.which is a pretty good list to watch. Now the trouble is where to get them from? 😀

  18. manoharv2009 Says:

    Very good movie of Super Star Rajesh Khanna & Hema Malini.

    Super Star Rajesh Khanna – The Cary Grant of Indian Cinema :

    Rajesh Khanna irrevocably impacted Indian cinema and culture like no actor before him. His acting perfection and application of talent were drawn solely from his inward vision. Khanna did not cultivate the phenomenal attributes that created his “superstardom” by reason or will, but through the connectedness to his own persona that the masses then idealized. For he is one who is impervious as to who is ahead and who is behind. Khanna’s inward vision, a special gift from the divine leads him always. Today he is the indomitable and highly respected veteran of one hindred and fifty films. For me, he is like the Cary Grant of India. Both actors are Capricorns that have played the widest variety of roles without ever bankrupting the fascination of the audience. Khanna is the platinum standard for landmark performances and sheer screen presence. Ever since the camera discovered his photogenia it has been having a love affair with it. His Byronic inspirations of romance as autographed elegantly on screen endure. Rajesh Khanna is a lovemark because he kindles our affections at the highest denominators and that is a life nobly lived means.

    Rajesh Khanna – The Greatest Living Legend and the real & only Super Star of Indian Cinema till date.

    There are romantic leading men and there are romantic leading men, but very few have taken cinematic love to legendary heights. While there might be other icons but Super-Star- Actor Rajesh Khanna after four decades, he is the ultimate true romantic legend.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Very well put Manohar! I never drew parallels between him and Cary Grant, didn’t even know that CG was a Capri too.
      Was missing your comment all this while.
      PKCM is a great movie and now I have ordered for a couple of other RK movies. Hopefully I will get to review them soon.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  19. Suhan Says:

    Archana – Are you aware that someone has copied and pasted your entire post on the wiki page of this film? Here is the link, fyi.

  20. Shrikant Says:

    i loved your review of PKCM and would like you t post more pfotos from this movie Palkoan Ki Chaon Me. as very few photos are available from this movie.

    can you review some more Rajesh Khanna movies…gems like

    Angaarey 1986
    Shatru 1986
    Hum Dono 1985
    Bewafai 1985
    Zamana 1985

    Durga 1985 spl app of Khanna
    Insaaf Main Karoonga 1985
    Naya Kadam 1984
    Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar 1984
    Awaaz 1984
    Dharam Aur Kanoon 1984
    Dil-E-Nadaan 1982
    Suraag 1982 spl app of Khanna
    Dhanwan 1981
    Bandish 1980
    Prem Bandhan 1979
    Janata Havaldar 1979

    Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein 1977

    Karm 1977

    Maha Chor 1976
    Prem Nagar 1974
    Avishkaar 1973

    Bandhan 1969
    Baharon Ke Sapne 1967
    Raaz 1967

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thanks a lot Shrikant!
      I have reviewed Aavishkaar. You can find all Rajesh Khanna movies that I’ve reviewed here –

      I have the cds of Shatru and Zamana with me but have been very busy if late. Will watch and review them once my work load gets back to normal.
      I have seen majority of the movies you’ve listed above, but most of them on tv, years ago. I’m searching for the cds/dvds. Hope I get them soon.

      • Shrikant Says:

        Angaarey 1986
        Shatru 1986
        Hum Dono 1985
        Bewafai 1985
        Zamana 1985

        Durga 1985 spl app of Khanna
        Insaaf Main Karoonga 1985
        Naya Kadam 1984
        Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar 1984
        Awaaz 1984
        Dharam Aur Kanoon 1984
        Dil-E-Nadaan 1982
        Suraag 1982 spl app of Khanna
        Dhanwan 1981
        Bandish 1980
        Prem Bandhan 1979
        Janata Havaldar 1979

        Karm 1977

        Maha Chor 1976
        Prem Nagar 1974
        Avishkaar 1973

        Bandhan 1969
        Baharon Ke Sapne 1967
        Raaz 1967

        I love all his 98 solo films except mahachor ,aashiq hun baharon ka and chalta purza.

        do review them soon
        excited about dharam aur kanoon

  21. Rose Says:

    After reading your review on Avishkaar which tops my list of all Rajesh movies, I came to this review and had a hard time finding it anywhere. I finally got the DVD yesterday and had to watch it right away.
    What a beautiful beautiful movie, what a good story, and great acting,just love everything about it. Did not notice the continuity issues at all,was so captivated by the story. This role was written for Rajesh only. No one can look so innocent yet sexy as he does when Hema is measuring him for the sweater, nor show the heartbreak like he does when she tells him who she is sending the sweater to, or the expressions on his face when he is reading the 10 year old letter to Rasolla’s mother. I could go on with the list but you all have done such a great job already.
    Thank you for the blog. I had no idea about this movie and it is worth multiple watches for me for sure!

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