Waqt (1965)

Waqt directed by Yash Chopra made it onto the BFI’s long list of films in consideration for their top ten of Indian films award.It was produced by B.R. Chopra and pioneered the concept of films with multiple stars, starting a trend followed by other films.The film took the top spot at the box office in 1965.The plot of this movie pioneered the lost and reunite formula in Bollywood.A happy family separated by Waqt (time), goes through a series of trials trying to reunite.The film was later remade into the Telugu film Bhale Abbayilu (1969).

Cast: Sunil Dutt, Sadhana Shivdasani, Raaj Kumar

Lala Kedarnath (Balraj Sahni) has 3 sons whose birthdays are on the same day. On one of the annual birthday bashes, a well-known astrologer predicts harsh times ahead for Kedarnath. Lala Kedarnath ignores the prediction and is busy making plans for an even wealthier future when an earthquake reduces his town and wealth to rubble. He proclaims to his wife (Achala Sachdev) that he wants them to be even richer. As he talks of the day when people shout after his car, There goes Lala Kedarnath!!!!, there is a sudden earthquake and the whole town crumbles into ruins. When Lala Kedarnath regains consciousness, his house has been destroyed and his family is gone.

The oldest son, Raju, (Raaj Kumar) ends up in an orphanage, while middle son, Ravi, (Sunil Dutt) is found on the road by a rich couple who takes him to their home to raise him as his own. Their youngest son, Vijay, (Shashi Kapoor) who is still an infant, is with his mother Laxmi (Achla Sachdev). Unable to find the rest of the family, Laxmi and Vijay live in poverty.Lala Kedarnath finally traces Raju to the orphanage but finds that he has run away because the orphanage manager (Jeevan) beats him up. Frustrated, he kills the manager and is jailed.

The rest of the story is pretty much about how all three brothers are so close together without realizing that they are related. In the end, the family reunites and they reopen their business and live happily ever after.

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