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Can you depend on your family? 

Year: 2003 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Baghban

Baghban is the story of Raj Malhotra and his family - his wife Pooja and his four sons.  They have raised a family of four sons who are now settled into their professions, with the hope that the sons will provide for them when they grow old.

Their life is filled with prosperity, and all this has been possible because Raj has invested all of his money in his children who, according to him, are his assets that will secure his future.  When he retires, however, life suddenly changes. None of the four sons is ready to take responsibility for their parents, to the extent that Raj and Pooja have to depend on the kindness of strangers.  How Raj overcomes this hardship and comes up a winner is the central story of Baghban.

Ravi Chopra conceived the story of Baghban in the 70s. During a trip to Copenhagen, he visited an old people's home as he was curious to know what their thoughts were about living away from their homes.  He found out that the people in the home missed their children and partner. It's only today that the film that Ravi Chopra conceived as a result of his visit to that old people's home has finally been made with the same lead actor he had in mind 30 years ago, Amitab Bachchan.

Good acting and music, well established characters as well as the relationships between them; it's a bit of a shame that the story on which the film is based is so far-fetched.  It's a bit unrealistic to separate two parents crazy about each other because none of their four sons can, or wants, to take responsibility for them.  Apart from this minor problem, the movie is rather good and very dramatic.

Beautiful and well exposed subjects mixing laughter, love and grief; a formula that should place the movie at the top of your list of films to watch!

Percival Tucker

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Screenings of this film:

2003/2004 Spring Term (35mm)