To dream is healthy. But to fulfill one’s dream gives meaning to life. When only the dream, especially of a visionary, dominates the reality of existence, discontent follows in its wake.
Unfortunately, “Zindagi Aur Khwab” is a film which relies more on dream than reality. The script, treatment and characterization are of the stuff of which dreams are made. The heroine has to become a widow to find her happiness and the hero has to meet her by coincidence to love and marry her. Filled with song, dance, maudlin sentimentality, spine-chilling violence, all leading up to a bloodcurdling climax, the film is like a gelatinous concoction, delicious for some but unpalatable to others. To this critic, however, the pertinence of the theme was not apparent as the heroine drifts between her newly-found happiness, in the person of her saviour and hero, and her miserable past dominated by her tyrannical and inhuman husband.
It must be said to the credit of Director S. Banerjee and heroine Meena Kumari that they have given verisimilitude to a flimsy and improbable story so much so that it even grips at times. Meena Kumari demonstrates once again that whatever the ingredients of a film her performance always stands out. Rajendra Kumar as the hero acts with gusto. Jayant as the heroine’s rough and tough husband lives his role.
There are others also but only Naazi and Jeevankala attract attention.
The music in this routine tale of joy and tears is just as good or bad as the film is.
The total effect of “Zindagi Aur Khwab” is like sipping sweet but weak tea poured from exquisite silver.
Year – 1961
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – New Precious Pictures
Director – S. Banerjee
Music Director – Dattaram
Box-Office Status –
Cast – Meena Kumari, Jayant, Agha, Naazi, Jeevankala, Pratima Devi, Mumtaz Begum, Keshav, Rajendra Kumar
Miscellaneous Information – Not Available.
|Hain Ho Phool Bagiya Mein Bhanware||1961||Mubarak Begum||Dattaram||Kavi Pradeep|
|Kabhi kisi ki khusiya koi lute na||1961||Mukesh||Dattaram|