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A love story amidst Independence Struggle!!
Dec 19, 2005 08:42 PM 4580 Views
(Updated Dec 19, 2005 08:42 PM)






Vidhu Vinod Chopra is one of the finer film directors in India. His penchant for trying to do something different on the screen separates him from the rest. One such attempt was the movie 1942 A Love Story in 1993.

The Backdrop

The story is set in the backdrop of the Quit India movement of 1942 when the whole of India was getting together to overthrow the 200 year rule of the British. A small minority of the Indians though still worked for the British for good money and living standards!!

The Plot

Narendra's (Anil Kapoor) father is a Diwan Hari is a local politician who is loyal to the British. He is expecting to recieve a royal title soon.

Rajeshwari's (Manisha Koirala) family is steeped in patriotism with her father being a freedom fighter fighting against the British.

Narendra meets Rajeshwari and they fall into love. The only problem their household. One a British loyalist and the other a India loyalist. One who is filthy rich and the other who is very poor.

So do the lovers have the last laugh? Or do the families manage to separate them forever? Check out this Vidhu Vinod Chopra offering for the details.

Critic's Viewpoint

Although the plot is pretty simplistic, but there is a lot more to the movie than just the plot. The movie being a period movie, demands costumes, settings and atmosphere to suit the period.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra does an excellent job in recreating the magic of 1942. Be it from the costumes of Anil Kapoor to the mobs of revolutionaries to the dresses of Manisha Koirala to the sets of the British empire.

Anil Kapoor again comes across as an evergreen lover boy. He rolls of his age a few years and looks pretty fresh in his new costume and trimmed moustaches. His performance also comes out very well.

Manisha Koirala is at her charming best and her close-up smile lights up the screen. Another good performance by a good actress.

But the movie belonged to Jackie Shroff who in his small cameo role of Subhankar a revolutionary who plans the murder of high official in the British empire. With soul stirring dialogs and deadly looks he just imprints his signature on all the scenes in which he is involved.

The movie goes at a decent pace, though it slacks a bit in the middle stages, before gaining pace again towards the end. The movie goes up a notch after the introduction of Jackie Shroff.

The music of 1942 A Love Story

The music of 1942 A Love Story is the stuff that the legend R.D. Burman is made of. One of the best music albums for any movie.

The album begins with Pyar hua chupke se literally meaning Love happened silently sung in the melodious voice of Kavita Krishnamurthy. The beautiful music of the song sets up the whole album.

The next song in the album is Kuch na kaho sung by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar and Kumar Sanu in the female and male voice separately. The song is another classic love song and went onto become a mega hit.

The most popular song of the album Ek Ladki ko dekha is next up. The song has great lyrics, brilliant music and good picturization to go with it. All these elements combine to give a massive winner. This song has to go down as the best of Kumar Sanu.

Next up we have the delightful rain song Rim jhim rim jhim where in R.D. Burman generates music out of drops of rain. Another big hit.

Last but not the least we have Rooth na jaana sung again by Kumar Sanu which turns out to be another beautiful love song.

All in all a perfect album of love songs for a love story. A 5 star rating for the maestro R.D. Burman for his creation!!

Filmfare Awards

Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Shroff

Best Music Director: R.D. Burman

Best Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Best Male Playback Singer: Kumar Sanu for Ek Ladki ko dekha.

Best Female Playback Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy for Pyaar hua chupke se.

Best Editing

Best Cinematography

Apart from this it also won 5 Screen Awards.


All in all 1942 A Love Story was a good little love story. But although the music album of the movie was a mega hit, the movie itself did not do too well on the big screen.

I would offer this Vidhu Vinod Chopra offering a 4 star rating though.

PS: Taken from my review published earlier at

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