Sharmila Tagore’s Safar has a woman suffering because the men in her life can’t stop being attention seekers

There is an important scene in Asit Sen’s Safar where Sharmila Tagore’s surgeon Neela is called to perform the first surgery of her life but in order to live up to her professional commitment, she has to save dinner with her playing husband Shekhar. by Firoz Khan. When I talked to him about it, Says all the right things But the way he says it, you know this relationship is doomed. His dismissive attitude, sarcastic remarks and mistrust towards his wife, all masked in the name of love, are all clear red flags for Niella but as most women do, she plans to make this work.

The easiest way to describe Safar is by calling it a love triangle, and while at its core, it examines the idea of ​​love and romance through an adult lens, where love is not limited to rainbows and roses but often finds itself living in despair and disappointment. The third corner of this love triangle with Neela and Shekhar is Avinash, who is played by Rajesh Khanna.

When Avinash and Neela first meet as college students, it’s clear that there is something wrong with their relationship, or that this is just our conditioning in watching a hero and a heroine on screen. As the movie progresses, and we see them enjoying their friendship, it seems like their story could be a love story that complements both. In the end, when Nila Avinash asks if there is more to this relationship, he respectfully declines, and she does not ask any follow-up questions.

Sharmila Tagore Neela and Avinash cherish their friendship more than their love for each other.

In a Kal Ho Naa Ho-like twist of the story, Avinash reveals that he has cancer and asks Neela to marry the wealthy Shekhar, who is interested in her anyway. It is important to note here that Nella is well aware that she has been emotionally manipulated by the man she loves, but she gives up anyway. Her husband continues to manipulate him after their marriage. On the one hand shekhar singsTom Din Ko Agar Rat Kaho Raat Kaheng (If I say a bright sunny day is a night, I’ll agree)’, but also leaves no opportunity to remind her of her ‘duty’ as a wife – to take care of his family even when it’s supposed to be work.

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For Rajesh Khanna, who played the eternal optimist in Anand (which came after a travel), this film is a much darker story as Avinash vacillates between fighting his own demons and living life to the fullest. As Avinash is swaying in front of his muse in a dark room, he appears to be unhappy with her decision to marry, but continues to remind himself that it is probably for the best. Nila, on the other hand, embraces Shekhar’s love but cannot let go of the bond she has formed with Avinash.

Safar is presented as a tragic story where no one gets what they want but it is Nella who is blamed for everything but the director is very cautious about how he handles the matter. When Shekhar commits suicide due to a misunderstanding, Nila finds herself accused. Even when Avinash dies due to his long-term illness, she is accused. Either way, the accusation comes from the fact that she didn’t give her full attention to these guys.

Firoz Khan Feroz Khan in zero.

Safar belongs to the era of movies where music was the backbone of the movie. Like many of his contemporaries, Safar’s music was incorporated into her screenplay. Written by Kalyanji Anandji, with lyrics by Indeevar, the album’s songs seem to highlight the character’s state of mind. For example when we hear “Hum Junk Sahare‘, Neela struggles to accept how her relationship with Avinash can never reach the next level. Or when Avinash hearsNadia Shali Shali Re Dara‘, in order to highlight his condition as a cancer patient, and to accept his fate.

Safar does not stand up for her deceitful men, but she also does not stand up for her impeccable woman. The film punishes Sharmila Tagore’s Neela for loving her work, and agrees that the only way she can thrive is by abandoning the men in her life. One can’t help but wonder, what if Nella just celebrated her act without the burden of those deteriorating relationships? Both men in her life were too immersed in how they saw her, rather than seeing her as an individual.

It’s been more than five decades since a travel release, but the film, and especially the complex nature of the relationships, can be linked in equal measure. It may sound orthodox and outdated, but women in 2022 still live in an unbalanced world.

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