Purab Aur Pachhim (1970)

‘Purab Aur Paschim’ made in 1970, was another one of Manoj Kumar’s sagas on patriotism. Better known as Bharat Kumar, the actor-cum-director has made India and Indian-ness his forte in Hindi films.Purab Aur Paschim follows the same trend.And even though it is cliche-ridden, as most of Manoj Kumar’s films are, the film does have a certain kind of honesty that serves as a powerful tool.

Cast: Manoj Kumar, Saira Banu, Ashok Kumar, Pran

The story of Purab Aur Paschim is about Bharat (Manoj Kumar), the patriotic son of a freedom fighter (Ashok Kumar).Bharat goes to London to complete his studies and is appalled to find that most Indians shun India and all things Indian.It shocks him to see that many Indians in London have even changed their names to sound Western.He also comes across many who long to go back to India, but stay on in UK due to financial reasons.A prime example is Sharma, who stocks KL Saigal records.

Bharat takes it upon himself to try and change their way of thinking.The Indians he meets while in London include Harnam (Pran), the man who had betrayed his father, his villianish son Omkar (Prem Chopra).He also meets his father’s friend Sharma (Madan Puri), his westernised wife (Shammi), daughter Preeti (Saira Banu) and hippie son (Rajendra Nath).Preeti, the woman he is in love with, has blonde hair, wears mini-skirts and dresses, smokes and drinks openly.She has no exposure to India and Indianess till she meets Bharat.

Preeti is impressed enough by Bharat’s idealism to want to marry him, but doesn’t want to live in India. But Bharat wants her to come to India and see the place once.Preeti comes to India and is appalled by the conditions in India.It is goes without saying, that despite the poverty of India, the purity of the land acts on her conscience and she turns a new leaf.Of course, the purity of India redeems her and she gives up her smoking, drinking and minis and becomes a true Indian.

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