Guide (film)


Guide (film)

Infobox Film
name = Guide


image_size =
caption = Film poster
director = Vijay Anand
producer = Dev Anand
writer = Vijay Anand
R. K. Narayan (novel)
narrator =
starring = Dev Anand
Waheeda Rehman
Leela Chitnis
music = S. D. Burman
cinematography = Fali Mistry
editing = Vijay Anand
Babu Sheikh
distributor =
released = February 6, 1965
runtime = 183 min.
country = India
language = Hindi
budget =
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0059246

Guide (released in 1965) is a hit bollywood cinema starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It was directed by Vijay Anand, who also contributed with the screenplay. The movie is based on the critically acclaimed novel by R. K. Narayan, and is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Indian film industry [cite web |url=http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2002/apr/18dinesh.htm |title=rediff.com - Guide; a human odyssey] .

The film proved to be a box office hit upon releaseFact|date=August 2008. This movie proved memorable its intriguing plot, award-winning performances by the lead actors and memorable songs by S. D. Burman.

A 120-minute U.S. version was made with additional directing and writing. It was produced by Tad DanielewskiFact|date=August 2008.

Synopsis

The movies starts with Dev Anand coming out of a jail, and then the story runs in flashback. Dev Anand stars as Raju, a freelance guide, who earns his living by taking visitors to historic sites. One day a wealthy and aging archaeologist Marco comes to the city with his young wife Rosie (Waheeda Rehman). Marco wants to do some research on the caves outside the city and hires Raju as his guide. It doesn't take too long for Raju to realize that their marital life is on rocks. Raju develops a soft corner for Rosie, he comes to learn about Rosie's past and her love for dancing, which is something totally unacceptable to Marco. Marco gets busy with the caves and Raju takes Rosie out for a tour of the nearby sites. On returning back to Udaipur, Rosie discovers that Marco is having an affair with a native tribal girl. Raju induces Rosie to leave Marco and come with him, and she does exactly that.

After learning of Raju's affair with Rosie, his mother leaves him, his friend and driver also abuse him and severe all ties with him. He loses his business and the entire town develops animosity towards him. Undeterred by these setbacks, Raju helps Rosie embark on a singing and dancing career, and she achieves instant stardom. With money in hand Raju falls into bad habits, such as gambling and drinking. One day he is caught forging a check, is arrested and ends up spending a number of years in jail. On the day of his release his mother and Rosie come to pick him up but they are told that he was released six months ago because of his good behaviour.

Upon his release Raju wanders alone, a farmer (Bhola) finds him sitting alone in a temple and mistakes him for a saint. Bhola is having a problem with his sister, Raju uses his vocal skills and knowledge to convince the girl to act according to her brother's wish. Impressed by this Bhola spreads the news through village, and he is taken as a holy man in the village. The farmers begin to bring gifts for him and start consulting him with their problems. Initially Raju enjoys this newly endowed demigod status, as this provides him with food, shelter and all the basic necessities without working too hard. He makes the village temple his abode and starts acting like a real saint, he begins growing a beard and dressing accordingly, and is called Swami Raju. Slowly he learns of the problems that plague the life of his disciples, he actually starts taking interest in their lives. He acts as a teacher to the village kids, and makes efforts to make the life a better experience for his followers.

A famine hits the whole region and now the villagers begin fearing for worst, they ask their spiritual guru (Raju) to fast to bring rain. At first Raju opposes the idea, going as far as telling Bhola that he is just a human like all of them and even worse a convict. But even the confession was not enough for the villagers to give up on their belief. He reluctantely goes to fast, although he does not believe that there is any relation between a man's hunger and rain. With fast Raju undergoes a spiritual transformation, and as the duration of his fast increases, his fame starts spreading and people from all corners come to see him and take his blessings. In one of the most memorable scenes an American journalist from NBC asks him whether he truly believes that his fast would bring rain, he smiles and says "These people have faith in me, and I have faith in their faith". Upon hearing his fame Rosie pays him a visit, so does his mother and his friend. He now has everything he has lost a long time back, in the final scenes of movie his health is falling, and he thinks about the meaning of his life. On one hand there is Rosie, his Mother and a chance to get back to his past life, on the other hand is a cause, he eventually decides not to end his fast. In the final scene, when it starts raining and everyone rushes to outside leaving him behind, he hears the rainfall and collapses.

Cast

* Dev Anand ... Raju
* Waheeda Rehman ... Rosie
* Leela Chitnis ... Raju's Mother
* Kishore Sahu ... Marco
* Gajanan Jagirdar ... Bhola
* Anwar Hussain ... Gaffoor
* Ulhas ... Raju's Maternal Uncle
* Krishan Dhawan ... Inspector Girdhari

Music

The music for this film was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and the songs were sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Sachin Dev Burman. The songs are as follows

Awards

Won

* Filmfare Best Movie Award - Vijay Anand
* Filmfare Best Director Award - Vijay Anand
* Filmfare Best Actor Award - Dev Anand
* Filmfare Best Actress Award - Waheeda Rehman
* Filmfare Best Story Award - R. K. Narayan
* Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award - Fali Mistry
* Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Vijay Anand

Nominations

* Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Sachin Dev Burman
* Filmfare Best Female Playback Award - Lata Mangeshkar

References

External links

* [http://movies.indiatimes.com/Special_Features/25_Must_See_Bollywood_Movies/articleshow/msid-1250837,curpg-17.cms Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films] - Indiatimes movies.

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