Koshish (1972)

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Koshish a 1972 movie directed by Gulzar is considered as a landmark movie in the history of Indian cinema.It stars Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, directed by Gulzar.The movie depicts a deaf and mute couple and their conflicts, pain and struggle to carve out a niche for themselves in a desensitized society.

Haricharan Mathur delivers newspapers on his bicycle and lives a poor lifestyle in Bombay, India, just like millions of other Bombayites. But for Haricharan there is a difference – he is both deaf and dumb. One day he comically collides with equally deaf-mute, Aarti, and both fall in love and get married. Soon they give birth to a son, who is normal, much to the relief of his parents. One rainy night, their house gets burglarized by Aarti’s brother, Kanu, who leaves the door open, and also steals Hari’s bike.

The child ventures out in the rain, and subsequently dies, leaving both Aarti and Hari devastated. Their lives get turned upside down, as Hari is unable to deliver newspapers anymore, and must find other means of employment to survive. He does so by polishing shoes. In this manner they survive, and give birth to yet another son, and name him Amit. Hari and Aarti are thrilled that Amit is able to hear and speak, and would like him to study and find a better job. Will Aarti and Hari’s dreams be fulfilled? How will Amit turn out?

All and all there are very few movies that would leave a lasting impression on your mind long after you have left the movie theater like “koshish” will do.Two of the most talented actors Sanjeev kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, brings the courage and agony of the two handicapped but strong willed persons.The movie brought national awards to both of these actors.Gulzar directs and writes the dialogues of the movie which are a treat in themselves.

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