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Aap Ki Kasam

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Aap Ki Kasam

J. Om Prakash | 153 min. | 1974

sun 9 oct | 12:15 | Filmhuis Den Haag
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Rich and wealthy Sunita meets with a struggling middle-class young man, Kamal in her college, and both fall in love with each other. As Kamal’s dad and Sunita’s parents approve of their relationship, they soon get married. Life is blissful, until Kamal starts begins to doubt her fidelity when his best friend Sanjeev Kumar enters their lives. These doubts boomerang out of control, resulting in the separation of the two, who still love each other in their hearts, but are unable to exorcise doubt and suspicions from their lives. Many years later, the truth dawns up on Kamal.

Suspicion is the worst thing to happen in a happily married life. However prior to this film, this issue had not been honestly and properly dealt with in Bollywood films. Aap Ki Kasam (1974) was the first movie which dealt with this issue boldly and refuted male chauvinism with conviction. It was the first Bollywood film which was free from male bias and declared the worth of a woman's self-respect and dignity.

Director J. Om Prakash always aimed at making entertaining musicals, this movie seems to have become a path-breaking one. However, what looks like a typical Bollywood affair is actually a film enriched with deep human emotions. Kishore Kumar's soulful song -- 'Zindagi Ke Safar Mei Guzar Jaatein Hai' will stick with you long after this is over.

Twee mensen van geheel verschillende komaf raken verliefd op elkaar. Waar Sunitha rijk en welgesteld is moet Kamal dagelijks vechten voor zijn bestaan. Aangezien Kamals vader en Sunitha’s ouders geen problemen hebben met hun relatie trouwen ze snel. Het leven biedt ze veel goeds, totdat Kamal begint te twijfelen aan Sunitha’s trouw wanneer zijn beste vriend Sanjeev Kumar zeer goed bevriend raakt met haar. Deze twijfels worden steeds sterker en leiden uiteindelijk tot de scheiding van Kamal en Sunitha. Pas jaren later dringt de waarheid langzaam door tot Kamal.

Twijfel is het ergste dat een gelukkig getrouwd koppel kan overkomen. Voordat Aap Ki Kasam in 1974 uitkwam was dit onderwerp in Bollywoodfilms echter nog niet eerlijk en behoorlijk behandeld. Aap Ki Kasam was de eerste film die dat wel openlijk deed en misogynie overtuigend tegensprak. Het was de eerste Bollywoodfilm die zich uitsprak voor het zelfrespect en de waardigheid van de vrouw, zonder mannelijke vooroordelen.

Regisseur J. Om Prakash wilde altijd vermakelijke musicals maken, maar met deze film sloeg hij een nieuwe richting in. Aap Ki Kasam lijkt misschien op een typisch Bollywoodproduct, maar is in werkelijkheid rijk aan diepe, zeer menselijke emoties. Kishore Kumars prachtige lied, “Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate”, zal je nog lang na afloop bijblijven.

Director(s)

J. Om Prakash, often credited as Jayaraj, is an Indian filmmaker who has marked his presence in art house as well as mainstream films. Director of over 35 films, in four languages (Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi), Jayaraj and his films has been critically acclaimed and won awards. In 1996, his film Deshadanam bagged the Special Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2000, Karunam won the Golden Peacock Award at the International Film Festival of India as well as selection in the Berlin International Film Festival. Madrid International Film Festival awarded the Best Film award for Daivanamathil in 2005. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello won him the National award for Best Director in 1997.

India | 1974 | 153 min. | Hindi | English subtitled  

Credits

Director 
J. Om Prakash
Producers
Jagdish Kumar, J. Om Prakash
Camera
V. Babasaheb
Editor
Pratap Dave
Music
Rahul Dev Burman
Cast
Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Sanjeev Kumar, Rehman, Jayshree T.

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