This week, BollyCurry brings to you a literary
accomplishment that has survived through time and remains fond in many
hearts till this day. For the first time in Indian television history, a
daily show has taken direct inspiration from an awe-inspiring classical
movie, who's inspiration previously originated from a cultured novel.
We talk of the warm and heart wrenching story of Saraswatichandra
Saraswatichandra is a tale of love. But more
than that, it is a tale of the barriers of the old customs of society,
the changes in people's ideology, and the bridge that is then created to
overcome the barriers and the ideology. It is about love that goes
lengths to meet and the spectacular downfall of when cupid decides to
play the game of waiting. As we all know, life is not always a fairytale
complete with a happy endings.
an adaption of the famous Gujarati novel of the same name. This
extremely well read and enjoyed novel was written by Govardhanram
Madhavram Tripathi, and it consists of five parts written between the
years of 1887 to 1902. The film version was
released in 1968, directed by Govind Saraiya
who was a rather new
director at the time. The main protagonists were the mesmerizing Nutan
and the talented Manish.
The plot revolves around two lovers Kumud
) and Saraswatichandra
(Manish). Saras is brought up by
step-mother who does not pay much attention to his upbringing and he
grows up feeling detached and lonely, yet is a passionate and loving
has his own plans with his life but those plans are disturbed when his
father fixes his marriage with Kumud, an educated
girl who hails from a rich family. Saras, angry with his father over his
decision, writes to Kumud and cancels their engagement. However, once
exchanging letters, a bond forms between them and the letters continue
to pass between to and fro. One day, breaking the customs of society,
Saras pays a visit to his fiance and love
starts blooming between the two. It is a short lived rendezvous as Saras
is called home, not without imparting a promise of marrying her soon.
However, circumstances change and he soon writes that that he
can not marry her. Heartbroken and due to family pressure, Kumud accepts
to marrying someone else - the drunkard and
womanizer, Prabhat. Saras and Kumud part ways but fate beings them face
to face once again at Kumud's in-laws where Saras learns of Prabhat's
philanderous ways. Kumud, who is determined to remain the loyal wife,
rejects Saras and he leaves to join a hermitage. Kumud is soon thrown
out of the house and is taken in at the same hermitage Saras is
dwelling. Succumbing to fate, she agrees to return Saras' affections but
once he informs her that Prabhat is dead, she
embraces the widow status and convinces Saras to marry her sister,
thus sacrificing their love to live by their duties and society's
well received by the audience.
It managed to win two National Awards; Nariman Irani for Best
Cinematography and Kalyanji-Anandji for
Best Music Director. Ali Raza
also won a Filmfare Award for Best
Dialogue. All three accolades were won in 1969. The story
has also recently been adapted to the small screen for a drama serial
Sanjay Leela Bansali, but with certain changes in the plot.
Did You Know?
- This was Nutan's last role as romantic heroine. After this, she went on to
do motherly roles.
- Even though Saraswatichandra was a success, this was the last time the male lead
and director were seen in Bollywood.
- This was the last film that was made in the black and white format.
is aware that many movies have been made and remade, but this movie is
surely the first that has been directly adapted into a TV show. And just
like the film, the show is highly successful. So while we go off to
search for another timely classical movie to bring to you, why don't you
go and enjoy this sweet and caring movie with someone special. Until
Author: Fatima W.
Editor(s): Shreya & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Saraa K.
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