Today’s second post is Daag (1973) – A Complete Review. This post is an analysis of the entire story, picturization and songs – in terms of lyrics and music. Daag (1973) was directed and produced by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash-Raj Films.
Daag (1973) – A Complete Review
- I wouldn’t call Daag (1973) a daring attempt at dealing with a new type of love triangle. Never. It is, for me, a revelation of the circumstances in which 3 characters are imprisoned. I have never understood love triangles. I still don’t!
- Sunil (Character 1 – Rajesh Khanna) is caught in one circumstance of being accused of a murder, while saving his own wife, Sonia (Character 2 – Sharmila Tagore).
- Sonia is compelled to pose as a widow, on receiving the news of her husband’s death while traveling to the prison, post his presentation at the court.
- Sonia is thrown out of her job because her husband was a murderer.
- She is ready to make do with the life of a secretive relationship with her own husband to keep mum in front of Chandni (Character 3 – Rakhi).
- Chandni is another prisoner of her circumstance when she has to hide behind a no future marriage with Sunil because she is the woman, who happened to have an extramarital affair, with someone else.
- A woman is allowed to live a life of a widow as a single mother but not a woman, who has had a premarital affair, has to present a living husband to recognize that her child is legit.
- Oddly, Sunil, who can reveal his past does not speak to Chandni about his past and makes her promise that she wouldn’t ask him anything, at the outset.
- Everything is absolutely ridiculous and seen from a patriarchal point of view.
- The only saving grace are the songs with music by Lakshmi-Pyare and Sahir Ludhyanvi.
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