(Last Updated on : 10/04/2014)
"Farewell, Love, and all thy laws for ever: Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more."
Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) is directed by K. Balachander
and the star cast includes Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnihotri as the lead pair. Other actors in the film were Madhavi, Rakesh Bedi, Shuba Khote and others. Ek Duuje Ke Liye was a remake of a Telugu film
Maro Charitra. The music for Ek Duuje Ke Liye was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and the lyrics were provided by Anand Bakshi.
Not all love stories have happy endings. This line is apt for Ek Duuje Ke Liye. The film begins on the line of romantic genre where a Tamil boy Vasu (Kamal Haasan
) and North Indian girl Sapna (Rati Agnihotri) fall in love. Language is no barrier for love. Although they cannot each others language their love for each other is unfathomable. However their families are against each other and being neighbours fight over trivial issues. When Vasu and Sapna declare their love for each other their parents refuse to give their consent. At Sapna's house it is mainly her mother and at Vasu's place it is his father.
In order to separate the lovers their parents place a condition before Vasu and Sapna. They are asked o stay away from each other for a year and even after that they feel the same way then they will be allowed to get married. Vasu goes way to Hyderabad. Both the lovers suffer the pangs of separation so that they can be united forever.
While Vasu is at Hyderabad he befriends Sandhya (Madhavi), a widow who teaches him Hindi. In the meanwhile Chakram (Rakesh Bedi), whom Sapna's mother has selected for her, comes to Goa and proposes. But she rejects him. Sapna's silent revolt against her mother is awe inspiring. a scene in Ek Duuje Ke Liye shows Sapna's mother burning a piece of cloth (a token of love for Sapna). Without a word Sapna collects the ashes, goes to the kitchen, boils water, mixes the ashes to it and drinks it. Her mother stands dumbfounded. This scene is indeed melodramatic but the way in which K. Balachander depicts her intensity of love for Vasu, it is simply superb.
Coming back to Chakram, Vasu returns and misunderstands Sapna. Disappointed and angry he goes back to Hyderabad and agrees to marry Sandhya. The latter comes to know about Sapna and clears the confusion between them. He once again returns to Goa and wins over Sapna's parents. On the other hand Sandhya's brother (Raza Murad) believes that Vasu is responsible for his sister's woos and hires goosn to kill him. After meeting the parents while Vasu is on his way to meet Sapna he is attacked by these goons and beaten up mercilessly. Sapna also meets a tragedy as she is raped in a temple and left to die. Yet they manage to meet each other and commit suicide by jumping from a cliff.
Besides being a romantic tragic Ek Duuje Ke Liye raises certain issues. For example the sham ego of the lovers' parents is responsible to a large extent to their tragic end. It is more important to think about the emotions of the children than thinking about trifle skirmishes. And love is glorified in the movie. Ek Duuje Ke Liye shows how without raising voice one can fight for his or her love and stupefy the opposition.
Ek Duuje Ke Liye bagged certain awards and was nominated for 9 categories at Filmfare:
for Best Editing Award - K.R. Kitoo
Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist Award - Anand Bakshi for the song "Tere Mere Beech"
National Film Award
for Best Male Playback Singer - S.P. Balasubramaniam