Recently my idea of escaping the reality has become watching old Hindi cinema particularly amol palekar or Jaya bahduri’s milli or guddi type movies. Everything in these films look distant yet so close .. I feel the world still has those problems, situations or people but their idea of happiness & relationships has drastically changed.
Well cutting that short– I saw “Gharonda” today. Apart from some brilliant songs likes “Do deewane sheher Mei” & “tumhe ho na ho”, this movie is way ahead of it’s time. I feel the way the movie showcases an urban earning couple planning their lives & lifestyle is “so this generation”, the couple book a house before even getting engaged is not so usual for that time.
The movie starts on a easy tone when chaaya on her first day of office meets sudeep, who helps her at work & is friendly. Next, both fall in love & decides to get married. They book a house by talking a loan for paying the first installment.
Chaaya is a young 18 year old, independent, free spirited. She lives in a very humble house with her 2 brothers & a mother-like sister in law happily. She wants to support his younger brother’s education, who aspire to study abroad.
Sudeep is a middle class 28 years working Chap, who is living in a lodge with three roommates. He has dreams of living in a house of his own, having a family, loves his girlfriend, calculative.
Sadly, the scheme turns out all fraud leading to loss of money & shattered dreams of young hearts. Our hero realises, what a mean world! & in frustration tells the girl to marry Modi.
Modi, the boss- 50 years, millionaire, heart patient, very interested in Chhaya -turns out, her selection for this job was also based on chaya’s uncanny resemblance to Modi’s dead wife.
Chaya was shown refraining from Modi’s favours since the beginning as she comprehend his intentions. So obviously she’s pissed with her boyfriend. She stays home contemplating her life, May be she realises Sudeep is not the correct guy or modi is not bad either as he is helping his brother with a scholarship to study abroad, irrespective of her not- so- nice attitude towards him.
A change of heart & she gets married to modi. Now forgetting the past she tries to be a good wife meanwhile Sudeep is under debt, has lost his girlfriend, realises his mistake but too late. Sudeep is depressed. Chaaya’s transformation from sudeeps girlfriend to Modi’s wife is quick she doesn’t seem to fall out of love with Sudeep but accepts her duties as a wife & estrange Sudeep.
The movie somehow confuses me a little when the actress says yes to her boss’s proposal to marry her. May be in a fit of ego? after all his frustrated boyfriend tells her the only way to earn easy money is her getting married to the rich guy.
In the end Sudeep looks like a loser who resigned his job & is running to other city. Modi aware of the whole scenario asks him to take Chaya with him if she agrees to. (Please note that at this point Modi’s confident that chaaya will not leave him).
Movie ends on a sad yet optimistic note- sudeep does not board the train as he decides to get back his life on track in the same city on his own. He does not ask Chaya anything & walk past her as if realises Chaya is only his past now.
It wasn’t a feel good movie throughout but It has a different vibe, if you have patience for 70s cinema- you will enjoy it 🙂