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In this edition of Bollywood Rewind, let’s revisit the career of romantic Bollywood hero Rishi Kapoor,

Rishi Kapoor started his career as a romantic hero, and for a very long time he stayed true to his path. Until he started his second run in the movies where he experimented with his roles, Rishi was known as the on-screen lover boy and this late actor’s journey began with the 1973 film Bobby, also starring starred Dimple Kapadia, which was directed by famed filmmaker Raj Kapoor, also Rishi’s father.
The 1973 film Bobby became the crown jewel of RK Studios because it was this film that brought the studio back to life. “Bobby was created because Raj Kapoor had to be bailed out. He had this studio mortgage. Bobby was made at a time when Raj Kapoor needed a successful movie,” Rishi told Bollywood Hungama. RK Studios has suffered heavy losses after the box office failure of Mera Naam’s Joker, and Bobby is the movie that brought them fame and glory.
At the time, Bobby was considered a film that redefined romance for the younger generation. Starring Rishi and Dimple, who were both quite young, the film depicted rebellious teenage love that doesn’t hold parents’ words sacred. Unlike romantic films of the time, where parental approval was often seen as the big conflict in a romance, Bobby saw the main couple elope and even attempt suicide. There are elements here that seem too far-fetched when you look at him in 2022, but we can’t forget that for a society like ours, where the concept of love has been taboo for decades, Bobby seemed like a rule breaker who spoke to the younger generation, and of course the good music made the deal even sweeter.

For the inexperienced, Bobby follows Raj from Rishi and Bobby from Dimple who fall head over heels in love with each other, only after a few short exchanges. What follows is the class division between their families who do not approve of this union. Raja, 18, and Bobby, 16, want to get married, but since it’s not a legal option, they decide to run away to be together, even if it means kissing death. Watching the movie today, it’s obvious that the two characters here are basically children, who threw themselves into adulthood of their own volition. Their actions are quite age appropriate, they are childish because that is what they are meant to be. But it’s also very obvious that these two individuals come from a world where men and women of a certain age don’t necessarily mix, so an innocent crush can turn into love pretty quickly.
Rishi’s Raja is a boy who was sent to boarding school as a punishment, but since he came back as a grown man, he still wishes to be pampered. In the absence of love and warmth from his parents, he finds love in Bobby who sees him as no one has ever seen him before. From a sweet guy, Raj transforms into a confident young man who carries himself with a hint of style and is more assertive in his decisions as the plot progresses.

Rishi Kapoor, who won the Filmfare Best Actor award for his performance in the film, admitted years later that he actually bought the award for Rs 30,000. In his memoir Khullam Khulla, Rishi wrote: “I think Amitabh was sulking because I won Best Actor for Bobby. I’m sure he thought the award was rightfully his for Zanjeer, which was released the same year. I’m ashamed to say it, but I actually “bought” that price. I was so naive. There was this PRO, Taraknath Gandhi, who said to me, ‘Sir, give me thirty thousand, then I’ll give you the prize.’ I’m not the manipulative type but I admit that I gave him the money without thinking.

Rishi may have bought the most popular prize of the era, but staying fresh in the public mind, even 49 years later, isn’t something everyone can buy. Bobby certainly wasn’t the best performance of Rishi Kapoor’s career, but it gave him the right platform to meet his audience, who recently got their last glimpse of the actor in Sharmaji Namkeen.

Now let’s talk about when Raj Khosla pulled off a twist that can best be described as a polished Abbas-Mustan…
Sadhana, the actor who sported a haircut resembling Audrey Hepburn, (a British actress and humanitarian), which came to be known as Sadhana-cut in India, was known for his unique beauty, sense of fashion and her choice of films. Sadhana was quite selective about her films, which is why despite her high popularity, she appeared in much lesser films than her contemporaries. The actor was at his peak in the 1960s, this was when Sadhana was at its peak. She had struck gold with films like Woh Kaun Thi, Waqt and Mere Mehboob among others, and she was able to show off her acting skills in one of the finest films of her career – Raj Khosla’s Mera Saaya.
Mera Saaya, starring Sadhana in a dual role with the ever charming Sunil Dutt, was a mystery film and saw Khosla direct another engrossing thriller after CID, Kala Pani and Woh Kaun Thi, also starring Sadhana in a dual role . Khosla, who somehow doesn’t get as much credit as his contemporaries, knew how to weave a thriller, planting just the right kind of red herrings into a story. Enough that you can pick up on the clues, but not so much that you feel the climax a mile away – and it’s that kind of restraint that worked wonders in one of his best films, Mera Saaya.
The film’s final act pulls off one of those classic Raj Khosla moves, which might be described to today’s viewers as a more polished version of an Abbas-Mustan twist, and delivers a conclusion that’s been planted along the way but which is absolutely not obvious for a spectator for the first time.

The famous song from the movie “Mera Saaya Saath Hoga” was recently brought to our memory after the death of Lata Mangeshkar as Amul paid tribute to the legendary singer. It is said that when the movie played in theaters, audiences threw coins at the screen while playing ‘Jhumka Gire Re’. With lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Mera Saaya’s album is still remembered as one of the classics of the 1960s.

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