13 comments on “Teen Batti Char Rasta (1953)

  1. Sounds like Raj Kapoor’s idea for Satyam Shivam Sundaram wasnt all that original, after all! It also has a heroine with a lovely singing voice but a less than attractive face – in her case its a burn scar covering one half of the face. The hero falls for her voice and rejects her when he sees her face – something that also made no sense as the heroine was Zeenat Aman who looked sizzling, inspite of the scar!

    PS: Love that last screen cap of spinning Sandhya – great “moving” picture! :-)

  2. Hi, Bollyviewer. Yes, it looks as though V. Shantaram got to that territory much earlier.

    I am glad that you like the last screen cap. It’s always so difficult to get a good cap of someone in the middle of a dance!

  3. Thanks for another engaging review of this V.Shantaram movie.Though not critically acclaimed is in my perception is a wholesome family entertainer. Satyam Shivam Sundaram do have this theme of Zeenat Aman playing a scar faced girl covering her dupatta throughout the movie to hide her ugliness.

    But then Raj Kapoor excessively focussed on Zeenat Aman’s body with revealing costumes and the message perhaps was lost in the whole affair.V.Shantaram gave a dark make-up to the central charachter and it is doubtful if any other leading lady of the time would have agreed to do the role.On this aspect Sandhya scores a point.

    The charachter blends with the script in not only garnering sympathy from the viewers, but also in communicating the intended message in a straight forward manner.

  4. Saw this long back, but I remember feeling very sympathetic towards Sandhya’s character (I’m a good deal darker than my elder, more beautiful sister, and one of my earliest memories is of my grandmother saying, “Ah! You’ve grown up a bit, haven’t you? And not looking so dark, either!” Took my mum, my father and my sister a bit of time to convince me that dark doesn’t mean ugly – though to my very old-fashioned grandma, it definitely did).

    Hmmm. I have to see this again. Weren’t Nirupa Roy and Smriti Biswas among the bahus of the family?

    And I have to see Dupatta. I’d bookmarked it on youtube, but somehow haven’t got around to it yet.

  5. Hi, Dustedoff. Interesting to hear about your personal sympathies with Kshama.

    Yes, Nirupa Roy and Smriti Biswas were among the bahus here; I noticed that Shashikala was too.

    Is Dupatta still on YouTube? I haven’t kept track of that… This was one “YouTube movie” that I actually saw on DVD instead, having found it in a Pakistani DVD store in Jackson Heights. But the technical quality of the reproduction was similar to a lot of what you’ll find on YouTube. :) Still, some of those songs will sound beautiful in any form…

  6. Veda and Bollyviewer, between your two comments together, I get the impression that the Raj Kapoor movie was a bit off.

    I’m not a big fan of Zeenat Aman anyway. I can think of at least three heroines in Raj’s movies of the ’50s and ’60s who “sizzled” a whole lot more. :)

  7. Well, Raj Kapoor was always a bit notorious for focussing on his heroines body…standards just got more evident with time.

    I remember my mum commenting when Karishma or Kareena appeared in skimpy clothes: it was fates way of avenging (well, something a lot more cruder in Punjabi!)

    Yes, this dark=ugly thing is pretty standard. dustedoff, I have a relative who are a family with three stunning daughters, but the youngest one (the most beautiful of them all) was always jokingly being told that she had been “picked up” from the village!! (b___h___)…all in the name of humour: it is quite good that she is pretty strong character.
    You only have to look at the ads in India: there is one currently where someone doesn’t get a job until she becomes fair using one of these fairness creams!

    Back to Shantaram, I would really like to watch this film. I thought I recognised Shashikala but missed Nirupa Roy. Kshama sounds like a likeable character.

  8. Richard, I’m hoping Dupatta is still around… oh, how I wish I had a couple of hours extra each day!

    bawa: I can understand about your relative; unfortunately, being the butt of jokes like that begins to pall after a while, so it’s good she has a pretty strong character. And you’re so right – the mania about fairness is nauseating. I believe the Ministry of Health had planned a crackdown on ads for fairness creams, but obviously it hasn’t happened!

  9. Oh this does sound good :) Will try to get to it soon (I’m with dustedoff on need more hours in the day, as long as they aren’t work hours :)

  10. nice discussion. Those who r in Mumbai and saw earliest photograph and film footage of Lataji in documentaries and functions, would identify that Sandhya (Kshama) has mimiced dress, hair style, even coat and scarf in some scenes, laughter, mannerism all ditto lataji. Great actress indeed. It is as if Lataji is enacting this role.

    – suresh

  11. Suresh, thanks for the interesting comment. Yes, now I recall reading somewhere that Sandhya was actually mimicking Lata in this film. I have seen old pictures of Lata wearing that braid, and I can see the similarity there, at least. :)

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  13. Hi,
    V.Shantaram well ahead of his time made film on unity in India. now after 60 years I find India in very sorry state. Politically, language and castewise ideas have changed or gone back.

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