Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka (1977)
Name: Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka
Director: J. Om Prakash
Did I watch this recently? Yes
Ashok Sharma (Rajesh Khanna) gets an opportunity to travel to Switzerland for research purposes. Once there, he meets with Chandidas Rai, a businessman, who would like Ashok to work for him in his uranium laboratory, which Ashok accepts. Ashok meets with Chandidas’ attractive daughter, Veera (Zeenat Aman), and both eventually fall in love and would like to get married. While the two are busy making plans, Rai descends on them with the police and has Ashok arrested for stealing uranium, after seducing Julie, another employee of Rai. Did Ashok really steal the uranium? And what of his romance with Veera?
To understand my feelings on this movie it must be known – I LOVE Rajesh Khanna!
Since seeing him in my first classic film (Aradhana) i have been in love with this ultimate romantic hero. Amitabh has more style and is more fun to watch, but its Rajesh for me is the one who does the romance of the movie better.
So i see on IMDB that Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka (with Rajesh & Zeenat Aman) got 8.5/10, so i figure how bad can it be! But boy was this movie the biggest let down! My aim for this review is to prevent further people who are fans of Rajesh from making the same mistake as i by watching this awful movie.
The biggest victim of this movie was the story/screenplay. Disjointed, the story was a mess. Riddled with stereotypes and cliched events i see in so many 70s film. This movie offers nothing new. Second victim was the faith i had in Rajesh to somehow even redeem the worst films.
The romance between Rajesh & Zeenat is unconvincing. They make Zeenat’s character so bratty and annoying that even when they try to pair the two up, you want Rajesh to run as far away as he can from her. Zeenat’s bratty rich character ‘Veera’ is brought up in Switzerland so therefore the normal sterotype of her being devoid of all humanity cause she is angloised indian. Also shows alot of Switzerland men just wanting to rape the good indian girl (with thank goodness Rajesh coming to her rescue to save her sensibilities). So despite the writers efforts to make the viewer suddenly like her, they just went too far at making the character obnoxious and annoying.
Rajesh’s character is slightly better, but he’s a very one-dimension ‘hero’ type character with a mixture of annoying superiority complex. No other sides to this character other then his fight for good and justice, which for 2 hours + gets boring quick. Please writers tie in a story that we care about to his fight so we want him to win. The thing that made me most sad in this film was Rajesh’s charisma i usually enjoy in his films, was gone in this film. I’ve heard one should avoid his 1975+ films, but i’ve heard he still has some other good ones like Mehbooba, so i will not make a judgement on that till then.
Anyway this was also my first experience with Zeenat so i hope my other films i intend to watch with her improve my opinion of her acting after this.
Overall Score: 1/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – So we have learnt from the pictures Rajesh has a hair cut like Doctor Spock, Zeenat goes from drunken ‘pardesi’ to good indian girl — woops i think i just gave away the whole story by the pictures. Either way save yourself the disappointment and stay away.