Bawarchi – tastes good!

Bawarchi – is one of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classics that I wanted to watch from a long time, but somehow had not managed to. I caught up with it on a late Saturday night being aired on SET MAX. I have heard and read a lot about this classic movie and was all excited. So was I disappointed? Well, Hrishikesh Mukherjee had cooked a sumptuous feast, good on mind and health, with no extra garnish of garam masala. It was a fantastic fare.

It has a novel opening, with no title cards to display but a narrator gives the details of film’s crew.

We have this story of the loud and squabbling Sharma family in their home, ironically named ‘Shanti Nivas’, who are in constant search for a new cook, as every other person who is employed in household seems to pack his/her bags in a few days unable to bear its occupants’ attitudes. Enter Raghu [Rajesh Khanna], a simple looking ‘Bawarchi’ – cook, who seems to know everything under the sun from algebra to music and of course the right cuisines to pamper the taste buds of Sharma family. He then goes on to analyze and solve the disputes in the family, and preach the family members to enjoy the simple moments in life. In between he does stare intently at the jewel box that is so closely guarded by the head of the family, which adds the suspense factor in the movie. The story, screenplay and the dialogues are simple and realistic with the usual trademark of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. The characters are sketched out as the next door family people with no super heroism to display. Finally all is well that ends well, with a message to the society on how to live happily with the family members. Others in the cast include A K Hangal, Jaya Badhuri, Asrani and Durga Khote.

Great movie that makes you think of why you don’t get to see such movies being made nowadays. Splendid Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic! A must watch!

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~ by Jayanthan Ravi on July 15, 2008.

One Response to “Bawarchi – tastes good!”

  1. Hey Jay, one common thing that we can notice in our old movies is, real acting. We have to salute to Rajesh Khanna’s acting in that movie. Another movie that impressed me very much is ‘Amar Prem’. Rajesh Khanna at his best. They were the real actors. But now, the qualities that our new generation heroes have are Good looks, muscular body and ability to dance well, thats all. They hardly can act.

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