"The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture."
जी ए कुलकर्णी:
कारण तानीमावशी गेली, व जाताना माझी मीठ तिखटाची कैरीच ती आपल्याबरोबर घेऊन गेली."
("कैरी", "पिंगळावेळ", 1977)
[G A Kulkarni:
"One should pluck the warm, smooth raw-mango from the tree itself, it should be broken with fist only and stuffed with salt- mind you, red chilli, not green- and then be eaten. It remained completely undone. Now, it can never happen again.
Because aunt-Tani went away, and while going, she took along with her my salty-chilli raw-mango."]
Who is the hero of my-childhood-defining Hindi film Vijay Anand's 'Johny Mera Naam', 1970- the film I still keep watching?
Answer: Pran, who plays character called Moti (मोती)/ Mohan in the film. I still know by heart all of Pran's dialogues in the film.
for me, Moti wins hands down!
courtesy: Trimurti Films
Is there a film I didn't like Pran?
Almost none. For instance:
Azaad (1955), Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Dil Hi To Hai (1963), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Brahmchari (1968), Sadhu Aur Shaitaan (1968), Sharaabi (1984)...
Upkar (1967), Nannha Farishta (1969), Parichay (1972), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Bobby (1973), Dharma (1973), Majboor (1974), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) ...
When Pran became a 'good guy' from a 'bad guy', it was so reassuring. It became easy to be hopeful and optimistic. And when it happened, the good guy on the silver screen looked stronger and more realistic.
Fist my aunt-Taimavashi, then my mother, then Shammi Kapoor and now Pran...my childhood tree of raw-mangoes is almost bare!
But lucky me, I could eat a lot of mangoes- with red chilli stuffing alright- before it happened.