5 Films That You Must Watch For Eid


  1. Silvat(2018):  playing a Muslim darzi in  the crowded gully  of  what looks like Mumbai’s  Haji Ali locality, Kartik Aaryan  is  every bit Anwar,  the shy sensitive  tailor who develops  a secret passion for his  favourite  client: a  lonely abandoned wife  Noor(Meher Mistry) whose husband has  migrated to  Riyadh for  a job with nary  a glance back for the woman he has left behind. The  focus of  the passionate  plot, pulsating with unspoken ardour, is Noor.But it’s Kartik’s Anwar  who silently steals   the show.There is  no exhibition of outward passion here.And yet  so much is said through Anwar’s eyes. Every stolen glance is  laden with longing. The  film is shot on location in a Muslim locality  with  streetside  vendors frying parathas and  malpuas,  hawkers selling bangles . The bustle of  the street is  weighed against those  heavy loaded silences between Noor and Anwar. .This  is 1997. And  riots  don’t  happen  only on the streets. Sometimes they  also occur  in a woman’s  lonely heart.
  2. Chaudvin Ka Chand(1960)  said to be  ghost-directed  by Guru Dutt ,set  in  Lucknow this  love triangle features two friends Aslam(Guru Dutt)  and Nawab(Rehman) who fall in love with  the same beauty Jameela(Waheeda Rehman). The film captures the exhilarating hustbustle  of  Eid and other  festivities of  Lucknow  known as the  city of  Nawabs,  while the  the love triangle unfolds in graceful  episodes through song poetry and  courtship.The  sequence  where  Guru Dutt  sings the title song in Mohd Rafi’s voice  to  describe Waheeda Rehman’s beauty is considered among the most poetic description of  love and  romance  to have ever been filmed in Hindi cinema. Come,  fall in love with lov Guru Dutt’s first and only ‘Muslim Social’ a genre  of cinema that  celebrated  the obsolete  if not altogether non-existent Nawabi culture,  was  made to  counter the losses he suffered with  the autobiographical  Kagaz Ke Phool . While that film was  all about life  Chaudhvin Ka Chand  had nothing to do with real life. Two  Muslim  best friends  Aslam and Nawab(played by Guru Dutt and his real-life buddy Rehman) both  love  the same beauty Jameela(Waheeda Rehman). The  title song written by Shakeel Badayuni as  the ultimate ode  to  love and beauty, captured  the actress in  all  her  resplendent beauty in colour  while the rest of  the  film is in black and white. The film is  set  in the city of nawabs Lucknow and captures the ethos of  luxuriant  romance  rather  flamboyantly. This is  Guru Dutt’s least  subtle  work.
  3. Mere  Mehboob(1963)  featured Rajendra  Kumar and Sadhana , two non-Muslim actors, who fall in love on a  train  and have  to go  through  various  storms in ornate teacups  before the  ultimate nikaah. The  film was remarkable in  capturing the  colours  music and festive   mood  of  a decadent nawabi culture. The  songs composed by Naushad are specially delightful in their dulcet delicacy. My favourite being Sadhana and  Nimmi dancing around water fountains and  under  sparkling chandeliers singing Mere  Mehboob mein  kya  nahin   not knowing that the ‘Mehboob’ they are both crooning about is  the same  person. After  the  release  of this film Sadhana was  often mistaken for a Muslim, and she  loved  it. Rahul Rawail’s father  H S Rawail directed  this all-time hit. Ideal Eid viewing with the  characters  shown to belong in a well-to-do Muslim  environment . Director H S Rawail constructs  the  royal grandeur  of  the nawab culture  lavishly.Given the  spatial grandeur and  the  never-ending  burst  of lovely melodies  composed by Naushad, this film feels even today like  an ode to romance and  revelry. Except  Nimmi  none of  the  principal  actors  Sadhana, Rajendra Kumar, Ashok Kumar  or Pran were Muslim. But they carried the Nawab culture so gracefully !  Watch  the  way  Rajendra Kumar falls in  love with the mysterious woman in a  veil played  by  Sadhana. It is the  most dignified  ode to  courtship you will see  in a Hindi   film.Incidentally  Mala Sinha and Sadhana were two actresses who were mistaken to be  Muslim  because  of the roles they played.
  4. Pakeezah(1972) the theatrical actor Raj Kumar falls in love with a courtesan Meena  Kumari’s feet. But he doesn’t know she is a tawaif. This is  the story  of  a fallen woman’s search for love and  family through pain and poetry. Kamal Amrohi spared no expenses  to ensure the film exudes a glamour  of epic proportions, This Eid  sit back and watch  the  legendary Meena  Kumari dance  to Inhi logon ne,Thare rahiyo, Chalte  chalte and  Teer-e-nazar. The melodious  music by Ghulam Mohamed  merges and  melts into an absolutely  enchanting evening  of  unparalleled beauty and harmony.  Meena Kumari lived  the part  of  the tawaif  Sahib Jaan and the credit  for her  heart-melting  performance  must  got to  a large extent to the  music by Ghulam Mohammed. As  sung by Lata  Mangeshkar, the  Mujras, the  life  and breath   of  every  tawaif’s tale , are  among the  finest heard in  Indian cinema:  Chalte chalte  yuhi koi mil gaya ttha,  Teer-e-nazar  dekhenge, Thare rahiyo  ho banke  yaar re, Inhi logon ne  le lee na dupatta mera…which one  do  we choose? All  or  none?  I could watch Pakeezah  a million times  for  the songs.Meena Kumari’s performance was dependent entirely  on  the  music. During a large part  of  the  film’s shooting Meena  Kumari couldn’t even move because  of ill health  let  alone dance. The Mujra Chalte chalte was  shot with chorus  dancers and Teer-e-nazar  was  performed  by a duplicate  dancer, Padma  Khanna.
  5. Nikaah(1982) dared to challenge the Sharia laws   of India. Salma Agha, freshly  imported from Pakistan, played wife to Deepak Parasher who divorces her by saying Talaq  thrice. Boldly  the  film questions the male spouse’s right  to discard  his marital  duties on a whim. Salma Agha not only played the lead but also sang Ravi’s chartbusting  compositions which went a  long way in making this  film a superhit during the  year of Amitabh Bachchan’s Nalam Halaal ,  Khuddar, Satte Pe Satta and  Desh Premee.  Again the  music of Ravi  went a long  way in accentuating the  film’s  love triangle where Haider(Raj Babbar) loves Nilofer(Salma Agha) who ends  up marrying Wasim(Deepak Parasher) who  divorces her after saying ‘Talaq’ thrice.While Ms Agha was a Muslim  the two heroes were Hindus.Raj Babbar once told me he had  to brush up his Urdu to understand some of the songs  and dialogues before  vocalizing them.B R Chopra  who directed

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