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(1983)

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8/10
Great 70s Humour
bisprad25 May 2009
As I was scrounging around for a book to read in the weekend, I found some DVDs stacked in one corner of the cabinet. I had bought these on a whim at Crossword or Landmark, attracted by the bargains on offer – and conveniently forgotten about them. But with nothing to do in the weekends (and the missus slaving away at the office), I decided to use my time productively ...

Rang Birangi was the first movie I watched this weekend. And I couldn't help but pen down my thoughts about the movie. I normally do not write about movies that aren't playing at a multiplex near you, but then this isn't a review strictly. There is no rating at the end of it and I honestly wouldn't know how to rate such a movie. Plus I do not think old work like this should be critiqued – it should just be appreciated

But enough about myself – more about the movie

Rang Birangi was released in 1983, and was probably the last of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's iconic movies. I knew he had done a great amount of work but I was flabbergasted when I went through his actual body of work. Sample this

Anari (1959) Satyakam (1969) Guddi (1971) Anand (1971) Bawarchi (1972) Abhimaan (1973) Namak Haram(1973) Mili (1975) Chupke Chupke (1975) Golmaal (1979) Khoobsurat(1980) Naram Garam (1981) Rang Birangi (1983)

And many more in between ...

(And I have to confess I am in love with his Chupke Chupke. I can watch that movie again and again and again – and still laugh heartily every time Dharmendra fools Om Prakash)

Rang Birangi, in a way, is 'inspired' from his previous works. While the movie itself references B.R. Chopra's Pati Patni Aur Woh in the dialogues, the movie reminds you of the chaotic plots of Golmaal, Chupke Chupke and Gulzar's Angoor. Maybe it is because of the common actors – Deven Varma, Amol Palekar, Om Prakash & Utpal Dutt. And Bindiya Goswami is also there in a special appearance.

It starts off with Ajay (Amol Palekar) and Nimma (Parveen Babi) leading a peaceful but somewhat boring married life – where Ajay spends too much time at his office immersed in work. His secretary is the attractive Anita (Deepti Naval in very modern dresses), but Ajay doesn't even notice her, being the perfect gentleman. And Anita's boyfriend is Jeet (Farooq Shaikh), who is a professor and always a little suspicious of her boss's intentions.

Enter Ajay's friend Ravi (Deven Verma) who tries to bring the spark back in Ajay and Nimma's life by encouraging him to flirt with his secretary. And what starts as a simple flirting, snowballs into a majorly chaotic affair as Ravi keeps changing the script as events happen (like Dharmendra does in Chupke Chupke). Mention must be made of Utpal Dutt who makes his entry quite late into the movie. Though he doesn't have a very big role – but I had to mention him because of his character's name ! Say it aloud – "Dhurandar Bhatawadekar" !!! Rang Birangi works because of the wonderful acting by all the protagonists. Amol Palekar is especially comic in the role of poor guy caught up in events out of his control. And the script works because at any time, none of the characters (including Ravi) knows what exactly is happening – everyone knows only the partial truth.

For Rs. 45 (that's the price T-Series is selling the DVD for) it is an unbeatable bargain. Its lesser than the cost of one popcorn (if you watch movies in Mumbai multiplexes). So pick one up when you next goto a Crossword or MusicWorld - or rent it out from your nearby DVD wala if you already have a subscription. And enjoy some clean 70s humour.

I regularly write about movies at http://bisprad.blogspot.com
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7/10
A comedy of colours
Peter_Young5 January 2011
Somehow during the 1980s Hrishikesh Mukherjee's movies were less popular. It may be because their style started looking dated to the wide audience, who by then started getting used to the mindless action movies of those years. Rang Birangi is one of Mukherjee's lesser known films, and admittedly, it is not as good as his previous comedy pictures. Having said that, it's still a very colourful and enjoyable comedy of errors which deals with marriage. The film starts very well, though towards the end the level of interest is reduced due to the rather messy proceedings. The film stars several good actors, including Amol Palekar, Parveen Babi, Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh, and Utpal Dutt. The one who actually shines the most is Naval, who is very natural and lovely. Parveen Babi also does the best of a character that could have looked rather bland in the hands of a less spontaneous actress. Palekar is always good at comedy, and here too he is good although at moments he loses himself. So is Shaikh. Deven Verma and Utpal Dutt are gifted comic actors who can always be counted on to bring a few laughs. Rang Birangi is benefited by a good story which is effectively told. As most Mukherjee movies, it is filled with simplicity, and the film does not take itself too seriously. Overall not among Mukherjee's best but still a fun movie which is worth the watch.
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8/10
Colorful
ArvindVyas15 March 2004
Amol Palekar is a well settled man - and is happily married to Parveen Babi. The life is simple and monotonus - unchanging till Deven Verma comes in picture. Deven Verma is a foreign returned jolly good fellow and he wants to spice up the life of his friend and does so by arranging the romance of boss Amol Palekar with secretary Deepti Naval, who happens to have a boy friend Professor Farooq Shaikh.

Deven Verma weaves a complex plot and makes other players partially aware of what is going on to make the situation more funny. And to make this happen he ask Farooq Shiekh to play a private detective called "Dhurandar Bhatawadekar". The real "Dhurandar Bhatawadekar" is none other than Utpal Dutt who is uncle of Parveen Babi and a high ranking police officer. And this shatters plans of Deven Verma - brings chaos and leaves us laughing....
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8/10
Hilarious, Parveen Babi in a homely avatar
harineem-209-52548827 April 2021
I saw this movie when it was originally released and many times after that. And every time it is Parveen Babi as the homely wife to a dull Amol Palekar which makes it worth the watch. Everybody acts well. Its just amazing the comic timing that actors like Farooque Sheikh, Deepti Naval , Deven Verma and Amol Palekar had and Parveen Babi proves she had a equal flair for comedy. I really wish she had found contentment in life as she did in this movie. It is charming,clean and enjoyable comedy. There are 2 songs both are good.
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6/10
Hrishikesh Mukherjee's another funny film
silvan-desouza6 November 2014
Warning: Spoilers
Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of the best filmmakers who gave us films like Namak Haraam, Mili, Anand on one side and comedies like Chupke Chupke, Golmaal, Naram Garam.etc on the other. Rang Bhirangi is his last film with Amol Palekar with whom he gave several great comedies. The film is based on a story by noted Hindi writer, Kamleshwar, The film like other HM comedies has lot of complexities but yet it has it's charm, something recent comedies lack. The film has a decent plot, all complicated but yet it's fun to watch. The film also has cameos by Raj Babbar, Bindiya Goswami.etc At times the film is stretched too but yet it's worth a watch

Direction is awesome Music is decent

Amol Palekar excels as always, the actor plays his part superbly, Farooque Sheikh too is admirable, Parveen Babi perhaps her only film with HM is excellent, Deven Verma is exceptional as always Utpal Dutt makes a late entry but is superb and also won an award that year,Deepti Naval is superb as always, Om Prakash is as always superb
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