Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Himmatwala

Jul 10, 2012, 4:30:56 PM (10 years ago)



  • Himmatwala

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     41983 179’(157’) col Hindi 
     5d/sc K. Raghavendra Rao pc Padmalaya 
     6p Krishna dial Kadar Khan lyr Indivar 
     7c K.S. Prakash m Bappi Lahiri 
     8lp Jeetendra, Sridevi, Amjad Khan, Waheeda 
     9Rehman, Satyen Kappoo, Shakti Kapoor, 
     10Shoma Anand, Asrani 
     13Ravi (Jeetendra), a government engineer, 
     14arrives in his ancestral village to right all the 
     15wrongs perpetrated on his family by the 
     16villainous Zamindar Sher Singh Bandookwala 
     17(Khan) and also - on behalf of the State - to 
     18introduce welfare measures represented by the 
     19dam he is to build on Sher Singh’s property. 
     20Sher Singh, who runs his own ‘parliament’ and 
     21system of dispensing justice, had earlier forced 
     22Ravi’s upright father (Kappoo), a school 
     23teacher, into bonded labour and raped Ravi’s 
     24mother (Rehman). The villains now force Ravi 
     25to donate his sister Padma in marriage to the 
     26evil Shakti (Kapoor), but in the end he reforms 
     27the villains. The hero bullies Sher Singh’s 
     28initially arrogant daughter Rekha (Sridevi) into 
     29supporting him and opposing her father. This 
     30modernisation melodrama, of the same 
     31generation as e.g. Bangarada Manushya 
     32(1972) and some of Bhartirajaa’s films, was 
     33also a vehicle for the successful entry of South 
     34Indian production capital into Hindi cinema 
     35and the best-known of the several Jeetendra- 
     36Sridevi films usually referred to as ‘South’ 
     37pictures in the Bombay media. This shift 
     38sometimes created unusual rhetorical structures 
     39as it sought to transpose local idioms onto a 
     40‘national’ terrain: e.g the opening sequence in 
     41which Ravi’s mother tells him of the family’s 
     42unhappy history is narrated in quickfire, quasidocumentary 
     43imagery with freeze frames and 
     44cutaways providing ‘information’ 
     45accompanying the mother’s strident voice-over.