Palkon ki chaon mein
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alok

Kolkata, India

#1 Jan 3, 2009
Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein is a very soft romantic movie which has Super Star Rajesh Khanna playing a soft romantic role of Postman in a village. The movie has some wonderful moments and has fabulous acting by Rajesh Khanna. The music by Laxmikant Pyarelal is soft and has a no of melodious songs and the main song is still very popular. Jeetendra puts in a small role and Amzad Khan is there too. The story set in a village has a good narrative. One feels one is seeing a Gulzar movie. A must see for people who love soft movies and like the acting of the Super Star Rajesh Khanna. Hema Malini puts in a strong performance also and one feels sad for her character. The village characters are strong too
shrikant

Mumbai, India

#2 Jan 3, 2009
this movie inspired director of welcome to sajjanpur(2008) to make the film in todays time. unfortunately PKCM in 1977 flopped and WTS in 2008 became a big hit
alok

Kolkata, India

#3 Jan 3, 2009
Waqt waqt ki baat hai - samjhe na - waqt waqt ki baat hai
Suhan

Damascus, MD

#4 Jan 9, 2009
Had written the attached below on Palkon.. in another thread some months back.

Just watched Palkon ki Chhaon Mein especially because Basab Sinha’s comment about Kaka not giving it his whole in this one intrigued me—I’d always liked it but thought hmm is my bar too low?! So a revisit was warranted.

Cons—continuity!! It’s really annoying to see him with a beard in one scene and without immediately thereafter in what’s supposed to be the same sequence. The same goes for the hair—wildly different from one instance to the next when the phase lag doesn’t justify it. The other problem was editing which was quite shoddy unless there was a problem with my DVD. But in several places the scene ended abruptly in the middle of a conversation! Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy.

Pros—everything else! As I’ve said earlier, I’m particularly partial to films set in the village. This looked like the real deal. I thought Hema was especially beauteous . Amjad Khan seemed wasted, I kept expecting something to happen with that leg of the story. The songs were good. And Kaka (if you ignored those continuity issues) was gooood! I liked the underplaying, it was very effective.

Increasingly, I’m beginning to think that he must’ve done some of these films ‘man ke liye’(for the head, Radzi)—there’s a quote from Deven Verma who’d said there were several reasons to do films one was for “dhan”(money), the other was “man”(the mind), I forget the last one. I can’t see how this film could be seen to run as far as the masses were concerned?

Basab, why didn’t you like him here? I need to hone my critical abilities while viewing him (they possibly go on a hike!!) so would very much appreciate an insight. Anaad, others feel free to lambast me if you must!
alokc

Kakinada, India

#5 Jan 10, 2009
others - please see it
Suhan

Woodbridge, VA

#6 May 20, 2009
Abhijit--I think I remember you saying that this was one of your favorite songs of Kaka's i.e. "Ladkhadaane do mujhe hosh mein ruswaai hai". It's just been uploaded on youtube. Enjoy :-)

&fe ature=channel
Heyman

Mumbai, India

#8 May 21, 2009
Dakhiya song? The best ever post man song of India ......
abhijit

Nahan, India

#9 May 21, 2009
Heyman wrote:
Dakhiya song? The best ever post man song of India ......
Yes, I have downloaded it in my REal Player long back.
alok

Kolkata, India

#10 Jun 4, 2009
Palkon ki Chaon mein was not a flop as posted by Shrikant - it was average hit. It ran 50 days in normal show time and then did 100 days in noon show.
Suhan

Woodbridge, VA

#11 Jun 4, 2009
Was this in Cal Alok or across the board? I'm glad. It's easily one of my favorites of his.
alok

Pune, India

#12 Jun 5, 2009
What I stated is Calcutta performance at Paradise hall - a prestigious theatre then. The movie did average business everywhere as it had a very touchy common man story with some popular songs. The lead pair were very famous.
Heyman

Mumbai, India

#13 Jun 17, 2009
Here is a review of Palkon ki chaon mein....A great movie of Rajesh Khanna.....

cut/paste

Palkon Kee Chhanv mein [PKCM](1977):

In 1975 Gulzar made “Khushboo” which was based on the story written by Sarat Chandra Chaterjee. He further explored the character of Kusum, played by Hema Malini and wrote a story revolving around a woman who waits for his lost lover. Now this factor is so common in folk songs, stories prevalent in several regions of India where woman waits for their husbands or lovers, who have gone on a war. They don’t know they would come back or not but they wait for them.
Gulzar took this thread and weaved his story around Mohini (Hema Malini). But this factor becomes clear somewhere in the middle of the film. PKCM is story of Ravi (Rajesh Khanna) also. Ravi, in spite of being a graduate, has taken the job of a postman because of dearth of employment. He is posted in a village. Jovial Ravi, does not suffer from inferiority complex that he has taken low paid job of a post man and he enjoys his life and job and slowly he becomes familiar with the people of village and starts taking interest in their life.
He enjoys his work and sings
Dakia dak laya (Postman has brought the letters). A beautiful song, sung by Kishor Kumar.
He sees Mohini and starts liking and eventually loving her but then he gets to know that she is waiting for an army officer, whose battalion had come here few years ago and Mohini and army officer felt in love and officer went away after saying lot of promises. He did not come back but Mohini still waits for him and she cant accept any other person in her life.
Ravi’s newly budding love is crushed before it could be flourished but no matter how much heart broken he is, like a true lover, he tries to help Mohini. But to his astonishment he finds that army officer has been killed in the war.
He has to say this shattering news to Mohini but there is danger that she may take him wrong because she knows he also loves her.
How this problem is solved? Does Mohini accept the reality and starts living life afresh?
Does Ravi get love of Mohini?
This all is depicted in the film.
Film has a drought kind of angle also, inspired by film Guide and all the villagers sing the song
Allah Megh de.(God! Please shower the rain on us).

Rajesh Khanna easily essays the role of a charming postman. Such roles have been cake walk for him and he pleases the audience with his performance. This is his kind of film and thus deal heart to heart matters. Audience don’t get such winsome characters in real life with ease and thus his charming manners please them.

Hema Malini, had played such role in Khushboo also under the apt direction of Gulzar saab so for her this was just extension of the previously played character and she does it beautifully. When she lip-syncs the song, Koi mere mathe ki bindia saja de re,(Somebody should decorate my forehead with red spot) then she displays the emotions very well. She is happy that she would get news of her lost lover and she feels that son she will be reunited with him. Long wait has made her vulnerable and sadness has entered in her deeply. She has done good job in films either directed or written by Gulzar.
Jeetendra plays the small role of Army Officer lover of Hema Malini, with usual charm.
Master Raju has also been a performer in Gulzar’s films. In 1977 he had done a nice job in Kitab and here also he makes his presence noticeable.
In small roles Farida Jalal, Kanhaiya Lal, Amjad Khan and Leela Mishra make their performances interesting and admirable.
Laxikant- PyareLal’s music adds attraction to the film and all the songs are very good.

http://passionforcinema dot com/sitara-and-palkon-ki-chhan v-mein-two-films-by-an-ad-of-g ulzar/
radzi

Ipoh, Malaysia

#14 Aug 30, 2009
Heyman wrote:
Dakhiya song? The best ever post man song of India ......
This is my other favorite song in the movie.

"Ladkhadaane do mujhe hosh mein ruswaai hai.."

http://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=j1nA_zYJu6M&fe ature=related
Abhi

Varanasi, India

#15 Aug 30, 2009
radzi wrote:
<quoted text>
This is my other favorite song in the movie.
"Ladkhadaane do mujhe hosh mein ruswaai hai.."
http://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=j1nA_zYJu6M&fe ature=related
Please do remind this is one of gems of Original Superstar during pure and pure garbage era of hindi film history. Till date before/after Palko ki chaon mein nobody dare to perform a Postman or flower seller or a cook or a motor mechanic; and Kaka being the first and original superstar never bothers for his image and do boldly accept most challenging roles including WAFA (2008). We should salute him for this guts.
Basab Sinha

India

#16 Oct 6, 2009
Suhan wrote:
Had written the attached below on Palkon.. in another thread some months back.
Just watched Palkon ki Chhaon Mein especially because Basab Sinha’s comment about Kaka not giving it his whole in this one intrigued me—I’d always liked it but thought hmm is my bar too low?! So a revisit was warranted.
Cons—continuity!! It’s really annoying to see him with a beard in one scene and without immediately thereafter in what’s supposed to be the same sequence. The same goes for the hair—wildly different from one instance to the next when the phase lag doesn’t justify it. The other problem was editing which was quite shoddy unless there was a problem with my DVD. But in several places the scene ended abruptly in the middle of a conversation! Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy.
Pros—everything else! As I’ve said earlier, I’m particularly partial to films set in the village. This looked like the real deal. I thought Hema was especially beauteous &#61514;. Amjad Khan seemed wasted, I kept expecting something to happen with that leg of the story. The songs were good. And Kaka (if you ignored those continuity issues) was gooood! I liked the underplaying, it was very effective.
Increasingly, I’m beginning to think that he must’ve done some of these films ‘man ke liye’(for the head, Radzi)—there’s a quote from Deven Verma who’d said there were several reasons to do films one was for “dhan”(money), the other was “man”(the mind), I forget the last one. I can’t see how this film could be seen to run as far as the masses were concerned?
Basab, why didn’t you like him here? I need to hone my critical abilities while viewing him (they possibly go on a hike!!) so would very much appreciate an insight. Anaad, others feel free to lambast me if you must!
Suhan, no doubt the film was lyrical, with a very authentic rural premise. What I did not like about Rajesh's performance was the lack of warmth in his performance. There is a scene in the movie where Rajesh's character jokes to his mother about "Roti aur Kapda Manoj Kumar de denge." Really witty, so typical of Gulzar, but if you notice the way Rajesh performs in the scene - he just utters the line - the humour, the sarcasm just falls flat. Compare it with all the famoius dialogues of Anand, you will notice the difference. Rajesh's "mann" was definitely not there!
Heyman

Mumbai, India

#17 Oct 6, 2009
Basab Sinha wrote:
<quoted text>
Suhan, no doubt the film was lyrical, with a very authentic rural premise. What I did not like about Rajesh's performance was the lack of warmth in his performance. There is a scene in the movie where Rajesh's character jokes to his mother about "Roti aur Kapda Manoj Kumar de denge." Really witty, so typical of Gulzar, but if you notice the way Rajesh performs in the scene - he just utters the line - the humour, the sarcasm just falls flat. Compare it with all the famoius dialogues of Anand, you will notice the difference. Rajesh's "mann" was definitely not there!
Welcome to the Forum Basab Sinha ji......i will have to see "Palkon ki...." again. I have also read a similar comment from one more Forum Member Anaad ji. Anaad ji was talking about Amardeep....Maybe those couple of years 78 and 79....something must be troubling Kaka seriously....
wodhar

Pune, India

#18 Oct 6, 2009
i saw it long ago in theatre and do not remember much. so i am not in the condition of writing anything
Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#19 Oct 6, 2009
I do not agree with the comments made about Kaka for his performances in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein or Amar Deep. However, those days he was mentally disturbed for many reasons for his personal life affairs,but we never found any mistake in his performances those days; even under the direction of Late Mehamoodji in Janta Hawaldar he was at his best as an innocent villager as well as a TB patient.
Rajesh Khanna

Kolkata, India

#20 Oct 6, 2009
Abhijit wrote:
I do not agree with the comments made about Kaka for his performances in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein or Amar Deep. However, those days he was mentally disturbed for many reasons for his personal life affairs,but we never found any mistake in his performances those days; even under the direction of Late Mehamoodji in Janta Hawaldar he was at his best as an innocent villager as well as a TB patient.
aur uske baad real life mental patient ban gayya .
wodhar

Pune, India

#21 Oct 6, 2009
Abhijit wrote:
I do not agree with the comments made about Kaka for his performances in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein or Amar Deep. However, those days he was mentally disturbed for many reasons for his personal life affairs,but we never found any mistake in his performances those days; even under the direction of Late Mehamoodji in Janta Hawaldar he was at his best as an innocent villager as well as a TB patient.
sahi kaha bhai aapne,kaka ki acting ke baare mein koi bhi nakaraatmak baat kehna chaand par thoonkne jaisa hai.

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