Pushpak is a black comedy Indian film released in 1988.Set in an large unnamed Indian city (shot in Bangalore), the film is based on the king-for-a-day story.The film is notable for its inventive recasting of the silent movie form, a movie with out words, but conveys much more than words can convey.It won the 1988 National Film Award for Best Popular Film.
Cast: Kamal Hassan, Amala
An educated unemployed young graduate male (Kamal Hassan) comes across a drunken male (Sameer Khakkar) with a lot of cash in a briefcase.Tired of living a simple and poof life, the young male, takes over the identity of the drunk, and decides to live life to the fullest.He finds out that the drunk is living in a posh hotel, and moves in without any problems.Once he settles in the hotel room, he finds that the hotel has employed a magician (K.S. Ramesh), who daughter (Amala) is very attractive and treats her to her heart’s content.
One day while watching TV in the hotel room, he finds that someone (Tinnu Anand) had unauthorizedly entered his hotel room to kill him who engages in repeated failed attempts to kill Kamal with knives made of ice.Finally after seeing the millionaires wife lamenting her missing husband and witnessing several other incidents that affect his view of life deeply, Kamal decides to give up his new-found luxury.In any case, it would not have been possible to keep up the charade for a length of time.
In the much-acclaimed ending, Kamal frees the millionaire and confesses everything to magicians daughter.The magician’s daughter tells Kamal she still likes him and throws Kamal a flower and her address/phone number from a car. Before Kamal could catch them, a wind takes them some distance away.The last shot shows Kamal standing at the employment line, once again a very poor man.
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