Satte Pe Satta (1982)

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Adapted from the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, this film is crammed with one-liners and quotes that will ricochet in your memory eternally. The songs are amongst the best to have come out of India during that whole period, and are instantly recognisable today.

Released in 1982, Satte Pe Satta was a musical comedy in a truly commercial format. It was a clear drift from the Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee style of comedies that were subtler and had smaller budgets. Satte Pe Satta’s cast included the stars of the decade: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Amjad Khan, with an able supporting cast.

The first half of the movie shows the life of the brothers who grew up under Ravi’s helm, parentless and living like animals in their adult life, yet sustaining their livelihood by farming. The oldest brother Ravi falls in love and gets married through a series of romancing plots. The brothers (All including Ravi till he fell in love were misogynists) and the new woman in their lives adjust with each other and she civilizes them. Suddenly they all fall in love with a group of women and shortly after things take a turn for the worse.

The group of women is also attracted to them, however there is a physically disabled girl among them called Seema Singh (Ranjeeta) who is still single. She happens to be Ranjit Singh’s (Amjad Khan) niece. Since the niece has recently turned eighteen, the uncle wants the niece dead so that he can claim all her wealth. The following part of the movie involves plots by the uncle to kill her, which involve the use of Ravi’s look-alike (played again by Amitabh Bachchan as Babu). How the brothers come to Ravi’s aid once he is kidnapped and replaced by Babu and if Seema will ever be able to see the end to all this, makes up the rest of the movie.

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