Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Chupke Chupke is a remake of the Bengali film Chhadmabeshi based on Upendranath Ganguly’s Bengali story Chhadobeshi. The film stars Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash among others.

The name of the film Chupke Chupke suits the film perfectly according to the plot, in which Parimal Tripathy and Sulekha manage to romance Chupke Chupke which means by hiding quietly.

Dharmendra as Parimal and as Pyare Mohan

The story starts with Parimal, a botany professor who falls in love with Sulekha Chaturvedi (Sharmila Tagore) during a college study trip. Parimal marries Sulekha who always praises and flaunts about her Jijaji(brother in law) in front of Parimal because of which he develops an inferiority complex and decide to do something so that his image can be upgraded in the eyes of his own wife. Parimal and Sulekha get an invite from Raghavendra Sharma (Jijaji) to come and stay in Mumbai for a while. And on the other hand, Sulekha’s brother informs them that Raghavendra has also asked him to arrange a pure Hindi speaking driver from Allahabad. Hearing this, Parimal decides to prank Raghavendra by going to him as a driver named Pyare Mohan Allahbadi and then doing things which would create a suspicion in the minds of Raghavendra and his wife about a possible affair between Sulekha and Pyare Mohan. The plan goes as decided and a twist comes with the coming of Sukumar Sinha (who is actually Parimal’s friend) as Parimal and he takes the plan ahead. Everything goes as planned and the film ends with the revelation of truth to Raghavendra and his wife.

Parimal as Pyare Mohan and Sukumar as Parimal.

Humour increases in the film continuously and the plot gets more exciting and funny every minute. Since we as the audience know the truth, it was fun to watch Raghavendra and his wife misunderstanding everything and getting tensed. Dharmendra was acting as Parimal and- Parimal was acting like Pyare Mohan so there was acting in acting and the same goes for Amitabh Bachchan who played Sukumar- who was playing Parimal. This double layer of acting by both the actors was interesting to watch and both of them pulled their roles nicely as it must have been difficult to play such complicated characters. The credit for this also goes to the writer and director as even a small mistake could have lead to a huge mess in the storyline.

Parimal, Prashant, Sulekha, Haripad and Sukumar

It was amazing how the story kept moving at an accelerated pace and the location/setting/premises kept changing from one to another. The story started with the place where Parimal met Sulekha then to Sulekha’s house and after their marriage, the location changed to Parimal’s house. Then the major portion was covered in Jijaji’s house in Mumbai and lastly at Prashant’s house. All these transitions were neatly directed.

This is a perfect soft comedy family film with laughs throughout the film. It is also interesting to see how most of the film just revolves around 8-9 characters.
Dialogues like; Begum, Ishq ka maza hi Chupke Chupke se Karne mei hai (Parimal), Par nikalne se Pehle hi pakde Jayenge aap(Sulekha), Jo hai woh nahin hai…aur jo nahin hai woh, woh kaise ho sakta hai ? ( Sukumar). The simplicity of these dialogues which are beautifully penned by Gulzar and delivered by the actors looks natural and thus form the backbone of the film.
The song “Ab ke Sajan Saawan mei” in the melodies voice of Lata Mangeshkar whose lyrics are given by Anand Bakshi and composed by S.D.Burman is an evergreen song still remembered.

Ab ke sajan saawan mei

Chupke Chupke was the first film in which the iconic pair of Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan which was casted and was again seen together in the iconic film “Sholay” in the same year later

The dramatic climax

By-Preeti Dalal

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