#2 Naiyya (1979)
About The Film
Naiyya, meaning boat, was a film made in 1979, starring actors Prashanta Nanda and Zarina Wahab. The film was directed by Prashanta himself. It had great songs, my favourites being, the famous O goriya re and Tera kuch khoya ho to.
Sonu, The Golden Hearted Man
Sonu, is the lead of the film, his dream is to build a beautiful boat. After all, he earns his livelihood by this means. One day, he notices a woman, lying unconscious on the river bank. He saves her. Not only that, he brings her to his house, regardless of what people might think. His mother, played by seasoned actress, Leela Mishra , happily agrees for giving her shelter.
As days pass, Geeta notices the innocence and pure heart Sonu possesess and ultimately falls for him. She keeps these feelings deep inside her heart, thinking she is not worthy of him. On the other hand, he has huge respect for her and tries in all possible ways to make her comfortable.
Norms Of Society
Sonu’s best pal and his well wisher notices how people in the society have started talks about Geeta’s stay in Sonu’s house. He advices him to leave her back to her home, unaware of the evil relatives she has. When Sonu reaches along with Geeta, he finds that she will suffer if left there and hence changes his mind.
Considering Geeta as his responsibility, he looks out for a suitable groom and finds one. Circumstances do not allow Sonu to do as per his wishes and Geeta’s marriage is called off. In the first place, she is not willing to marry anyone, but Sonu. He worships her and cannot think of any other relation than worshipping her.
Later, after twists and turns, Geeta tells him that he is the one she wants to spend her entire life with. He is shocked to hear this but finally accepts as love has blossomed in his mind too.
The film ends on a happy note and they marry.
Highlight of this movie for me is the pure love they have for each other. Respect is an important aspect in any relationship, and they both have this virtue. The fact that each doesn’t consider oneself worthy of the other itself shows the dignity and regard they have for each other.
See you all with another such beautiful pair magic in a film. Do watch Naiyya., meaning Boat.