#10 Chit Chor (1976)
Chit chor, meaning heart stealer. Set in the beautiful location of the village Madhupur, Chit chor has every element to steal your heart for sure. The charm of this movie lies in its simplicity.
Geeta (Zarina Wahab) is the only daughter of school headmaster Pitamber Chaudhari (A. K. Hangal). Her mother (Dina Pathak) wishes to marry Geeta to a suitable groom at earliest. Apparently, she has two elder married daughters. Naive and sweet Geeta lives a care free life, roaming around with her cute neighbour Dipu(Master Raju).
One day they receive a letter from their married daughter in Mumbai. It says a suitable groom for Geeta is available. He is visiting Madhupur soon as an engineer. Both parents are excited about this aquaintance. Pitamber himself goes to receive the engineer. Soon the newly arrived engineer sees his beautiful residence and gets a warm welcome at Geeta’s home too. Geeta is instructed by her mother to behave properly in front of him and also take a bouquet of fresh flowers to his residence everyday.
Geeta does this and takes Dipu also with her. Soon the trio form a beautiful bonding. Vinod, the assumed engineer wins Geeta and Dipu’s heart through his songs and charm. Very subtly, Geeta and Vinod develop feelings for each other.
Things take a u turn, when Geeta’s mother receives another letter from her sister. It says the engineer will be arriving in the coming week. This news leave Geeta’s parents in a shock. They realise their folly of assuming someone else as the expected groom. Immediately the mother tells Geeta to maintain distance with Vinod and also stop visiting his house. Innocent Geeta cannot understand the reasoning in her mother’s practical decision and is devastated by the situation.
Finally the engineer Sunil(Vijayendra Ghatge) arrives. He is obviously drawn towards Geeta and looks forward for a future with her.
Vinod learns that Sunil is the man chosen by Geeta’s parents for her. Undoubtedly, he is taken aback. Finally the day of engagement arrives. Vinod decides to take a leave for few days. Obviously he avoids witnessing his beloved getting engaged to someone else.
Geeta comes to know about Vinod’s departure and immediately leaves for station. She also announces to all at home that she cannot stay without Vinod and will marry only him. Dipu accompanies her. But when she reaches station, she is unable to locate Vinod and the train leaves.
She spots Sunil there, who takes her back to her home in his jeep. Back at home, she is surprised to see a smiling Vinod with her parents and others. Sunil comes forward and announces her engagement to Vinod happily. He asks the pandit regarding the rituals as he is not only parents to Vinod, but also his guardian, guide,senior and everything. The film ends on a happy note with all smiling faces.
Talking about the highlights of this film, the first is the pure and deep love of Vinod and Geeta. Even if they are never shown speaking of their feelings to each other, the love they portray is divine and out of this world. It soothes your soul and their moments keep you glued to the screen.
Second is the true friendship of Geeta and Dipu. They prove that friendship is free from age limits. The way Dipu helps her by bringing Vinod’s letter to her in one of the scenes, shows his honesty in the relation. He never leaves her side and gives supports her throughout the film. Though I wonder if its a film, as scenes are so natural and the acting effortless.
Third is the scenic visuals of the village Madhupur. They take you actually there and you feel its beauty and serenity even at your home.
Fourth are its songs. Be it the video or audio songs, both are equally captive. My favourite is Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara. Others Jab Deep Jale Aana, Tu Jo Mere Sur Main, Aaj Se Pehle. Each is a masterpiece sung by maestros like Yesudas and Hemlata.
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