Avtaar (1983)

Avtaar is one of the 80’s critically acclaim movie directed by Mohan Kumar who has made several successful films.Avtaar not only was a huge commercial hit, but it is a film that was very highly reviewed.It is unfortunate that Rajesh Khanna had to miss out on the Best Actor award to another great acting performance of 1983, Naseeruddin Shah for Masoom.Avtaar in my opinion was one of the three best films of 1983 and is a must see, specially for Rajesh Khanna fans.

Avtaar Krishen lives a poor lifestyle with his wife, Radha, and two sons, Ramesh and Chander.He works in a factory and toils hard so that his sons can get the necessary education, and live a better lifestyle.He gets injured and crippled while working, but is compensated adequately by his employer, Bawaji.Years later his sons have grown up.While Ramesh has married Sudha and works with a bank; Chander is wooing Renu, the only daughter of wealthy Seth Laxminarayan.

When Avtaar and Radha wish to go on a tirathyatra (pilgrimage), they ask Ramesh to book tickets for them, but he tells them that he has no money.When Radha gets sick, their servant, Sewak, enters Sudha’s room to get some money for her treatment, as a result Radha does get treatment, but Sudha blames them for stealing her money.Avtaar asks Ramesh and his wife to get out, only to find out that the house is now in Sudha’s name.

AVtaar, Radha and Sewak move out and live in a shanty hut. Their hopes are with Chander, who does well in his exams, decides to marry Renu, and moves out without financially assisting his parents. Now Avtaar and Radha are elderly and dependent on Sewak, and the question remains will they resign themselves to this existence, if not, what possibly can a crippled older male accomplish, especially at this time in his life?

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