1973. India. Raj Kapoor. 168 min.
Sunday, January 15, 2012, 5:45 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1973. India. Directed by Raj Kapoor. Following the commercial and critical disaster of My Name Is Joker, Kapoor directed this charming paean to youth, starring his son Rishi. The film became an enormous hit among young urban audiences, and exhibited a devil-may-care innocence that was a relief after the heavy social-message films that preceded it. The film concerns Raj, the teenage son of a wealthy family, who falls in love with their former maid’s grand-daughter Bobby (played, in her first role, by Bollywood icon Dimple Kapadia). When Raj’s parents try to arrange a marriage for him with a brain-damaged heiress, the young couple runs away, pursued by a horde of bounty-hunting bandits. What makes Bobby immensely fun, other than the zany sets, outrageous clothes, and delightfully corny physical comedy, is the music, which marries traditional musical forms with popular Western styles. In Hindi; English subtitles. 168 min.