Name: Bawarchi (Cook)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
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Bawarchi tells the story of a dysfunctional and bickering family – the Sharma family. The Sharma family also cannot seem to keep a cook because of the verbal abuse the cooks have to endure while working for them. Soon no one wants to work for the family. Then a young man called Raghu (Rajesh Khanna) comes to work for the Sharmas.
Soon Raghu works to keep peace in the house, he can sing, dance and use his words of wisdom to resolve the families issues.
Have you been watching a lot of 60s and 70s film? Bored of the same old boy meets girl storyline?
Then here is a movie that maybe for you!
Hrishikesh Mukherjee brings this adorabe film to the indian audiences to teach about family dysfunction and the virtues of patience and love all thanks to the words of wisdow of the family’s cook – Rajesh Khanna (or Raghu).
Bawarchi isn’t the wham bam action flicks of the 70s, nor is it the adorable boy meets girl flicks of the 60s. It instead finds its nieche in Bollywood as a non-romantic film that deals with the structure of families and hopes to teach us a little something about how to get along with our siblings and family members. As someone who comes from a family of 7 i guess i can relate highly to this kind of story, the dysfunction that the Sharma family is, i feel like too aswell. So i guess despite the lack of violence and romance i still was able to see this sweet film as something worth watching. Especially considering the film is under 2 hours long! I love that they didn’t try to extend it out with more and more songs and dances to fill in the normal 2.5 hour mould. But thats not to say the film isn’t without song and dances thanks to the very young Jaya Bhaduri (or to be later known as Jaya Bachchan).
For anyone who has seen the film ‘Pay it forward’ this film has a similar premise it tries to teach the audience, do one good deed and pass it on. Its idealistic sure, but sweet and definetly appliable to everyones life. Ever fight with your family? Then take home some of the points illustrated in this movie.
Rajesh does an endearing job as the house cook, teaching philosophy and most of all the family to love and cooperate. Its also one of his better films in the 70s and many see it as one of his best films.
Jaya performs naturally rarely going over board, she plays the family cinderella without being overly melodramatic or victimised. I guess thats why she is a perfect fit with many of Hrishikesh’s films (see Abhimaan and Mili).
The biggest threat to this movie is being able to keep the viewer interested all this time. There is not a great amount of plot development and is mostly character development based, which can hold some peoples interest and bore others. At times i was frailing a bit to keep interested, but overall definetly worth the watch and to hopefully teach you some lessons to apply to your family. I think i thought of the lessons for a good day before giving up and going back to yelling at my family – but still, that was a peaceful 24 hours!
Overall Score: 3.5/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – Overall not the usual masala or romance film but instead is an adorable look at overcoming family dysfunction will teach any family member the importance of patience and kindness in a family. Idealistic? Sure, but still a nice lesson to learn for real life. Its under 2 hours and has Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bachchan at their best, so your not losing much even if you end up feeling sickly sweet after the film.