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PostSubject: Silsila   Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:26 am

Directed by: Yash Chopra
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor
Released: 1981
My rating: 6/10




Shekar (Shashi Kapoor) is an army officer. Brave and disciplined while in uniform, unruly and almost childish out of it. He loves to spend his days with his head resting in the lap of Shobha (Jaya Bachchan), the girl he loves, planning their future together. And in the evening he likes to drink and be merry. Meanwhile his brother Amit (Amitabh Bachchan), a play-writer, actor and poet falls under a spell of Chandni (Rekha), a fresh and beautiful girl whom he saw dancing at his friend´s wedding. Sending her flowers and cassetes with his own voice, expressing all the gentle feelings she has woken up in his heart, he slowly wins her over. Just like his brother Amit now plans to get married. But then like a bolt out of the blue comes devastating news: Shekar has perished while on army mission. And it also turns out Shobha is pregnant with his child.

Amit decides to sacrifice his love for the sake of his brother´s fiancé and marries her, sending a message to Chandni that she better forget him. But even though he has the best will to make Shobha happy, neither him nor her are capable of being so. After they are involved in a car accident Shobha looses her unborn child and not both she and Amit are really desperate, because they find themselves trapped in a marriage without love and reason. While in hospital Amit meets Chandni again. She got married to a nice, honest doctor (Sanjeev Kumar), but does not really care for his feelings for her. On the contrary – the old love between her and Amit is rekindled and after a while they both succumb to their desires. However together with their passionate and secret affair comes carelessness and neither Shobha, who has learned to love her husband, neither Chandni´s spouse are blind. . .

I must admit that had it not been for the controversy related to this film I probably wouldn´t be even interested in watching it. Silsila, translated as „Affair“, came to the theaters at the time when the rumours and gossips were on about the alleged secret relationship between Amitbh Bachchan and Rekha. But not even this tidbit managed to lure enough audience and the film flopped. But this is Yash Chopra film and box office collections are not important for those, and just like Lamhe that flopped ten years later, Silsila is today among the revered classics.

The greatest strenght of the film is really powerful starcast. All the actors put a really honest work into their performances. Amitabh Bachchan, who has the meatiest role, is completely natural. Jaya an Rekha both compliment him. Sadly, even though Rekha is unarguable better actress, she does not have much to do except for looking sad and beautiful. Still her presence is strongly felt in every scene, and she does not even have to speak. Her dark gaze is enough to do the magic. I have never been a Jaya fan, she still yet has to convince me, but yes, she was good here, though not lovable despite being „the good one“. Interestingly enough there is much more on-screen chemistry going on between Big B and Rekha then Big B and Jaya.

The script deserves a credit for presenting well the points of view of all the characters and making one feel the pain they all go through. Silsila telling a story about extra-marital affair could have easily become a hysterical, sobbing and whining cliché with evil mistress and poor wife, but it did not. The story is told very sensitively and in the end you feel sorry for all the characters, which is quite rare. The most interesting message is that as long as something is forbidden, it may seem sweet and desirable, but as soon as it is permitted, it looses the charm and problems, not perceived before, emerge from the shadows.

My greatest problem with Silsila was incredibly slow pace of the film. It really gets boring at times. Not even several exciting-ish moments (will they catch them together/ will they not ) do not help and I kept staring at the timeline wishing it was finished already. And when the message at the end appeared – I wanted to die. „Love is faith and faith is forever“. Really? Like seriously? What the..... Songs are good and beautifully picturized, all bearing the uncanny Yash Chopra signature. Throw some plus points in for Amitabh Bachchan reciting poetry truly beautifully. When you´re in a mood for not-that-typical romance without much excitement, you can watch Silsila, even though you will, like me, probably only look for some secret signs happening between Big B and splendid Rekha.
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:55 pm

Always makes me wonder, how awesome it would have been if Rekha and Amit were actually married Sad Silsila was waaay ahead of it's time.. and very sad film coz Amit and Rekha never worked together again Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:30 pm

How many films did Amitbah and Rekha do together?
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:53 pm

only nine or ten.. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:46 pm

That is actually quite an impressive number for a leading pair, no? In fact right now I only can think about Anil/Madhuri who did more....
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:59 am

I know, but they could have done waaay more than nine or ten... their last movie was in 1980/1 and their first in 1976.. but then they even refuse to talk 2 each other, forget signing a movie -.-
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:14 am

Well, broken hearts are meant to hurt....

Not that long ago Big B tweeted Rekha was his first love.... One remembers such love forever.
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:18 am

Well at least they admitted they loved each other... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Silsila   Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:06 pm



Silsila

I really loved this film it was so heartbreaking and romantic, but i hated the ending it was so unbelievable and dumb.

I felt really sorry for rekhas character the most. Also this film raises some questions, like rekha and amitabh were together before he married jaya so technically they cheated on rekha, yet when rekha and amitabh started seeing each other after the marriage that was cheating I don't know it kind of seems unfair.

Also Amitabh and jay didn't love each other yet suddenly at the end they did, so what did rekha and amitabh suddenly fall out of love ??? :blink:

Performances:


Amitabh - looked far too old to play this young mischievous guy it just looked wrong, and he looked really bad, but his acting was really good.

Rekha - I have never found her beautiful but man i couldnt take my eyes off her she looked so beautiful :wub: i loved her acting i felt like giving her a hug Sad she by far gave the best performance of the film.

Jaya - I've come to the conclusion that there's something unthinkable about her on screen (well off too :p: ) i don't know what it is but i didn't find her good and i didn't feel sorry for her once, she is also not very pretty :p:

Everyone else was good too!

One thing is IF this film is about the real life affair of Rekha and Amitabh then how could they all especially Jaya agree to it, that must have been so difficult plus Rekha and Amitabh being all lovey dovey after the affair. Maybe i looked too much into it but it seemed from Rekha's side that this was the last time she would ever be with him and you could (imo) see it in her eyes. BUT i have read that rekha said there was never a affair but i thought it was a fact so i am confused...

Rating: 9/10
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