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Yaadon Ki Baraat

aka Procession of Memories 1973 164’ col Hindi d/p/dial Nasir Hussain pc Nasir Hussain Films s Salim-Javed lyr Majrooh Sultanpuri c Munir Khan m R.D. Burman lp Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora, Tariq, Ajit, Anamika, Imtiaz, Ravinder Kapoor, Nasir Khan, Shyam Kumar, Neetu Singh, Jalal Agha, Shetty, Satyendra

Vendetta movie and teenage love story inaugurating the influence of Western rock music in Hindi cinema associated with the Americanised persona of Zeenat Aman. While escaping from the murderers of their parents, three brothers get separated. The eldest, Shankar (Dharmendra), a professional thief for whom the traumatic murder remains associated with the motif of a train, pursues the killer (Ajit). The second brother (Arora) has a love affair with a rich woman (Aman), while the youngest (Tariq) becomes a rock star. The ‘lost and found’ fairy-tale formula, often deployed in Indian cinema (cf. the films of Desai) is adapted here to allow for various encounters between the brothers before they all recognise each other when the rock star sings the film’s title refrain, a song they learned from their mother as children. An interestingly fetishistic aspect is that the villain is recognised by his shoes. Although the film recalls Hussain’s own earlier musicals with Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand, its main ‘merit’ is Aman’s guitar-strumming introduction of the disco era. Hits include Burman’s Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko, sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi.