3 comments on “The Three Mumtazes in Basant (1942)

  1. … and yet another film to watch! Just when I thought I was beginning to get somewhere with the list. :-) Reading Balraj Sahni’s autobiography had already made me bookmark several of his early films on Youtube (including Dharti ke Laal), and there are a bunch of other early Dev Anand films I’d bookmarked when I was doing research for an article I had to write about him. And now this, which I’d see just for Mumtaz Ali and little Madhubala (yes, I’m not one of the Mumtaz Shanti fans, though it’s not as if I outright hate her).

    Thanks for the review, Richard.

  2. You’re welcome, Madhu.

    By the way, that Dev Anand article looks interesting. I am curious about which of his early films are on your list. (I’ve seen Shair and most of Jeet, from ’49, and I feel as though I saw Ham Ek Hain because I’ve seen all the songs and have read a lot about it. :) )

    Of course, I need to see Dharti Ke Lal sometime, too.

    But, for me, the quest also always involves trying to find a copy with subtitles. (Maybe that will change some day…)

    Anyway, I hope you do get to Basant sometime soon. It’s pretty light and easy to get through. There is a slightly annoying part that, as I said, is just like a part of Kathputli (it’s the husband-becomes-a-big-asshole part), but most of it really is fun and enjoyable.

  3. The Dev Anand article was for an anthology on winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Richard – a book published by the Publications Division, of the Government of India. I believe the only place it’s going to be available is at the ongoing book fair. Sadly, I had strict instructions to limit the article to 3,000 words – and it had to be biographical. So I chose to do a blend of biography and analysis of what comprised Dev Anand’s onscreen persona. I didn’t have much scope to dwell on his early films.

    I do hope someone subs Dharti ke Lal. More than that (since I’ve seen it, can vouch for it, and think you’ll like it), Neecha Nagar. Excellent film.

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