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Silsila

4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Description

Although orphaned at very young ages, Scriptwriter Amit and military pilot Shekhar are brothers and also very good friends. The latter is happily engaged to Shobha, while the former has just fallen in love with pretty, young Chandni. But tragedy strikes when Shekhar's plane is shot down in Kashmir. Amit feels it to be his obligation to leave the girl he loves and marry his brother's pregnant fiancee instead. But when, by an unexpected turn, Amit and the now also married Chandni meet again, their love for each other proves to be stronger than their marital vows.

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Silsila revolves around lovers who are forced by circumstances to marry different partners but whose desire for each other s love and company pushes them beyond their marriages and the relationship they embark on and the impact of this decision on their personal lives and that of their respective spouses. Amitabh Bachchan as the young fiery poet who cannot accept the loss of his beloved puts in a brilliant performance. His is a performance that is full of contradictions, a man selfless enough to take over on his shoulders someone else s miseries and at the same time, selfish enough to refuse to let go of the girl he loved even though she is married to someone else. This role at the hand of a lesser actor would have become too negative for redemption but the actor manages to walk a delicate tight-rope and keep the character lovable despite his flaws. Rekha as his female counterpart who similarly cannot look beyond the man she loved puts in a moving performance. Our society is a patriarchal society and often the woman is blamed for all the transgressions of men and in such a scenario, it s difficult for an actress to walk the thin rope but Rekha manages to do it with her characteristic élan. Her performance has all the nuances of a virtuoso and she manages to hold her own against veteran and seasoned performers. Jaya Bhaduri as Amitabh s wife pitches in with an impressive mature performance. Her s is the role that requires a deep sense of resignation and hurt that transcends all silence but screams at self.... A difficult performance but the actress manages to pull it off with exceptional ease. No doubt Jaya was considered the most talented actress of her time; a worthy successor to Meena and Nutan and a precursor to Shabana and Smita. Her confrontation with Rekha is a defining moment in the film. Sanjeev Kumar as Rekha s husband pitches in with a bravura performance. The great actor that he was, Sanjeev stands tall among so many excellent performances and his expressions of loss and loss along with his silence are so deafening that you wish he would not have to suffer the indignity heaped on him. His conversation with Jaya in the restaurant is exceptionally brilliant as is his sugar-coated advice to Rekha simply marvelous. Shiv-Hari in their first score for Hindi films come up with some gems of vintage value. While Amitabh is at his effervescent best with Rang Barse a Holi song penned by his father Harivanshrai Bachchan and soothingly soft with Neela Aasmaan , Kishore and Lata combine to give romanticism a new twist with their title song. Ye Kahan Aa Gaye Hum is another song that describes the predicament of its lead actors effectively. The soliloquy Main Aur Meri Tanhayee by Javed Akhtar is still heard on the streets after 25 years. This is Yash Chopra at his romantic best. Long before Yashraj films became a mass factory producing romantic candyfloss of no value, the director had already proved his capability with some of the best romantic films ever made in India. Silsila is definitely one of them. The director proves why despite a career that began in 1959, he is still a hot draw in 2007 with this sensitive and emotional portrayal of an extra-marital affair. If the film does not become either vulgar or preachy, it s to the credit of the director who knows on where to draw the line and still maintain sensationalism. --mouthshut.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
  • Directors: Yash Chopra
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Yash Raj Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016GOJVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Silsila is a classic bollywood movie that involved the concept of infidelity in indian marriages. It was rumored that Amitabachan and Rekha actually had an affair in real life and this movie sort of alluded to that notion. The bollywood songs are quite awesome. This movie copy was uncut, clear, and was of excellent quality. If you plan on purchasing this particular movie, this is a copy i recommend.
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Silsila was made in 1981 and it has the all star cast - Jaya Bachan, Amitabh Bachan, Rekha and Shammi Kapoor. I rented this movie because the songs were really nice. I had just seen Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham a couple of days ago and Jaya Bachan is unrecognizable in this movie.

Amitabh Bachan and Shammi Kapoor are brothers in this movie. There are different love angles in this movie. Basically the movie deals with the issue of adultery which is not talked about openly in India even though it does occur. The movie is 3 hours long but it holds the viewer's attention with the different twists the movie makes. Personally, I didn't agree with some decisions made in the movie, but this movie was still enjoyable overall.
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By Syra on March 30, 2013
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It's truly an artistic movie! 5 stars to Amitabh Baachan, his wife Jaya, & his once upon a time lover in real life Rekha. I don't know how any wife could give an outstanding performance on the set of making a movie, with the one woman who tried to break up their marriage in real life. If you know the history of these three actors, you'd give them high props too. For those, that don't. Just enjoy this movie. It's a great Amitabh, Jaya classic!!
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By susan hilmi on October 19, 2013
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a great movie . lovely songs and daring story especially since the three stars involved were going through the same situation Iin reality as in the film . watch it
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