#3 Kotwal Saab (1977)
Fantastic movie of its time, starring Shatrughan Sinha and Aparna Sen in the lead roles, the film Kotwal Saab also featured seasoned actors like David, Utpal Dutt and Asrani. What made an everlasting place in my heart again, is the beautiful chemistry of Shatrughan Sinha and Aparna Sen.
The film revolves around DSP Bharat Sinha (Shatrughan Sinha), who is assigned the case of searching Mahesh (Sudhir). Mahesh goes suddenly missing from the village and no one knows about his whereabouts.
Bharat Sinha comes to the village to investigate about the same. He then finds out how a wealthy businessman Dharam Kohli (Utpal Dutt), who is also standing for the post of MLA is using the local people using his position.
Eventually he meets Prabha (Aparna Sen) and suspects her to have some connection with the missing of Mahesh. Prabha stays as a paying guest at George Fernandes’ (David) house. But later Bharat realises her innocence and they develop a cordial relation.
In the course of time, Bharat and Prabha develop feelings for each other. They realise share many common values such as being courageous, independent etc. They marry and start sweet married life.
In the mean course, Bharat is also on his mission to expose Dharam Kohli. He gathers evidence against Dharam Kohli also. One fine day, Mahesh re appears. Its evident that he works for Dharam Kohli. The twist is that he was in love with Prabha once. Mahesh has to prove his loyalty for Dharam Kohli and so he blackmails Prabha. He threatens her to stop Bharat from submitting the evidence or else he will expose their pre marital affair to Bharat.
Now, Prabha is in turmoil to stop Bharat and make him lose in this case. Or else, let Bharat know the truth which will seperate her from him forever. She dies every minute in this phase of her life, not knowing what to do.
Bharat arrives home early that evening, and he spends some lovely moments with his wife Prabha. Least do they know that this happiness is short lived. She wants to tell him everything but is scared to lose him . . . forever.
The Final Test
Bharat arrests Dharam Kohli finally but is unaware of its consequences. Mahesh is also arrested later. The Police Commissioner arrives there and Mahesh reveals the truth of his relation with Prabha, deliberately to him. Later Mahesh spits out the truth to Bharat even, which leaves him in a shock.
He starts hating Prabha after confronting her. She decides to leave him, but is shattered. She also confronts him back and tells him he has seen two characters in life, an evil and a saint. He has never seen who is a human.
She is not willing to leave him alone, and broken. He too, is not willing to let her go as she is his only support and love too. But, the fact that she hid truth from him, makes his hatred overpower the love he has for her.
She leaves. Later that night, Bharat gets shot accidentally. He is on the death bed due to the same. He tells his colleague to call Prabha, as he wanted to apologise to her. Prabha does come there and the two share a moment. He is taken to the Govt. Hospital, where he is recovered.
They live happily, ever after.
Highlight of the movie, is the beautiful chemistry the leads share. Especially, the song Saathi Re, sung by Asha Bhosale which is played, when they spend beautiful moments with each other, is my personal favourite.
A fantastic movie of its time, do watch it. Its worth.
See you all with another favourite pair of mine, which created magic on screen.