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Simply Superb
May 10, 2005 07:02 PM 5493 Views
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Mother India, Anand, Sholay, Muqaddar ka Sikander and Lagaan…. All these movies are very dear and special for me. They are all great movies, no doubt, but these movies have excelled beyond imagination in characterization. You can feel the pulse of characters and you can be one of them… no matter how small the roles are.

Muqaddar ka Sikander (MKS) has been one of my most favourite movies… watching it on TV last evening has prompted me to break my lethargy and write a review at MS after a long time J

The Credits:

Year: 1978

Director: Prakash Mehra

Story: Vijay Kaul

Dilogue: Kader Khan

Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Casting: Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rekha, Rakhee, Amzad Khan, Kader Khan, Ranjit, Nirupa Roy, Dr. Sriram Lagoo

The Storyline:

MKS has been the story of an adulterated and uncompromising love and affection of a man for his “memsaab”… It runs with a basic story line of there being no limit for sacrifice in the name of love.

It is a story of a young boy, who has been given a new lease in life when he discovers affection for the first time. The affection by his master’s daughter, makes himn her slave forever. So when he is accused of being a thief and is thrown out by his master, his affection does not die, it becomes many folds stronger and it takes a shape of love.

There starts the story of Sikander, the name given by an old lady who adopts her.

Grown up Sikander has every material thing that he needs… a successful career, wealth, a loving sister (daughter of the lady who adopted him)… but alas…. His love for his memsaab has only grown in many folds….

Then we are thrown into many loops in the story in a typical seventies fashion. The fortunes reverse with Sikander’s old master (played by Dr Sriram Lagoo) losing all their money and Sikander becoming reach. At one point the story gets real complicated with Amjad being in love with Rekha, who loves Amitabh, who in turn is in love with Rakhee, but Rakhee loves Vinod Khanna!!!

But the beauty of the movie is that, in spite of seemingly such a complicated story line, at no point we feel confused about the story.

The story progresses and reveals all the pains and sacrifices involved in love…. Love is a game, where you can give your life or take someone elses….

Does Sikander get his memsaab?

Does Zohrabai get Sikander?

Does Dilawar get Zohrabai?

It could nothave got any better….

My Review:

Like I told earlier, this is a phenomenal and spellbinding movie. The script is awesome and the dialogues remain my favourite till date. The conversation between the young Sikander and Fakir Darvesh Baba (Kader Khan) echoes in my mind even today. There have been some real intense scenes between Amitabh and Rekha and Amitabh and Amjad Khan, which can be portrayed as among the best scenes in the filmdom.

The biggest demerit lies in the length of the movie. It runs for 189 minutes, which I think could have been shortened. The parts involving young Sikander were too long and seemed to drag at times.


Full credit to Kalyanji Anandji for such a beautiful music composition. O Sathire had topped the Binaca Geet Mala that year and Shalaam-e-ishq remains as one of the best muzraas till date. Other songs include Rote hue aate hain sab, pyaar zindagi hai and dil to hai dil… all immensely popular at that point of time.


I have told it earlier and I am telling it again… what makes the movie special is the characters and the performance of the actors.

Amitabh as Sikander at his usual great self of late seventies… probably the peak of this super star. He is composed, held back and has brought out the mixure of love, sorrow, anger and frustration in a unique mannaer, that only he could have done.

Rakhee as “Memsaab” has done a decent job….. Decent in the sence, even though this is the central love attraction, still there was not much to perform in this role… This was like a mirage, behind whom Sikander has been running.

Vinod Khanna has been subtle yet noticeable in the role as the friend of Amitabh and love interest of Rakhee.

Rekha has given one of the most memorable performances as Zohraa Bai. I will put this as her best performance in career… I have never seen anybody putting so much of intensity in such a short role.

Dr. Sriram Lagoo, Nirupa Roy, Ranjit, Ram Sethi (as Pyarelal), Master Mayur (as young Sikander) and the girl playing young Kamnaa have done very good job out of the small roles. Special mention must be made of Kader Khan… he has left his unmistakable mark in the small role.

But the show stealer was definitely Amjad Khan as Dilawar. His performance is the most memorable one, living on a thin line that divides good and the bad… love and obsession….

In simple terms, I rate it as one of the best movies ever being released in Bollywood.

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