Dosti (1964) *A Must Watch Classic*

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If you thought ‘Black (2005)’ was a great fare, then you will say outstanding to Dosti released in 1964. Dosti is one of the finest movies churned out from Rajshri Productions (makers of Miane Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun). It is a treasureable product which families, friends should treasure upon watching. The title of the film resonates the true moral it depicts- the value of a friend.

Cast: Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar, Sanjay Kapoor, Baby Farida

This is the story of Rat Nath (Sushil Kumar) and Mohan (Sudhir Kumar). The film impedes in an automatically touching scene, which immediately sets precedence of what is to come. Rat Nath is a sporty young man whose mother is ill and father has passed away at the cause of his employment. Upon discovering that they will have no compensation for their lost ones departure, Rat Natha’s mother passes away.

A distraught Rat Nath (nicknamed Ramu) attempts to get some help but instead encounters a sadder fate- he is hit by a car and a leg is rendered impotent. Now alone with nothing, Ramu travels in hopes to acquire some help at living. Some times two of a kind are meant for each other, which is mostly said in reference to lovers, here, it’s for two friends, probably the most real type of relationship of them all.

At a stoplight, Ramu meets a Mohan, a blind mind who almost crosses the street at the wrong time. Together they explain to each other their hardships, console each other, discover each other and learn about a life that every one scathes. While Mohan is in search of his sister, a nurse, whom he lost after a flood destroyed his village; Ramu is in search of an education, which he truly deserves. With no opportunities but few grains of foods and ten fold hardships which they encounter, Ramu and Mohan learn that life is more than houses and riches- it is about friendship.

Enlisting in some, but not complete, help along the way, (at the hands of a harmonica and a young Princess portrayed by Baby Farida), these friends touch heartstrings at times we didn’t know exist. Ramu with his harmonica and Mohan with his voice, Dosti is a journey through realistic friendship with realistic obstacles all intertwined in a heart touching drama.

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