Deewar is an iconic Hindi film made in 1975. It was directed by Yash Chopra, later known as the “King of Romance”, and written by the team of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. Deewar starred Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, and most famously Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Vijay, the anti-hero. Even today, almost 40 years later, the movie still weaves several viewpoints together to form a universally relevant tapestry. Deewar, set the 1970’s, in a time of great social struggle in India between corporations and labor; the rich sometimes taking advantage of the poor. But at its heart, Deewar is a family drama. The drama of Sumitra, abandoned by her husband, who must raise two boys who are destined to see life from diametrically opposed points of view. » Read more..
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It is a typical morning in the Banerjee household. Piku is running late for work, man servant Budhan is preparing breakfast and seventy year old hypochondriac Bhashkor is checking his meds and complaining of constipation. Piku tries to convince her father to “go and try”, but Bhashkor doesn’t feel “the pressure”. Piku rushes out the door and promptly takes out her frustration on the taxi driver, accusing him of being late when he has actually been waiting for 20 minutes. And so, we are introduced to the daily routine at the Banerjees in this simple slice-of-life story that deals with our motions and emotions in a most amusing way. Shoojit Sircar has touched a universal nerve as every human being is familiar with the annoyance of constipation. His slightly dysfunctional Bengali family will in some way remind you of your own.