‘Lamhe’: An Iconic Classic From Yash Chopra

We don’t usually dwell on films that came out decades ago. But today marks the 25th anniversary of Lamhe, a brilliant film by the late Yash Chopra.

It is indeed hard to admit that any film by the great Chopra is underrated, but Lamhe did something that Indian cinema has always been a little afraid to do. It broke convention. And the film ends uniting the the two protagonists, their ages notwithstanding.

Lamhe played with convention of ages and some pretty (90's-ish) performances from Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Waheeda Rehman and Anupam Kher. Even the unlikable character (of the older Kapoor’s girlfriend) is played by aplomb by Dippy Sagoo, who oozes real life sentiment. Hard not to feel for her, as she lets go of her love.

Anil Kapoor does a commendable job, but sometimes looks too old to play the younger Viren (sans moustache!) or too young to play the older Viren (grey sideburns…). But the film clearly belongs to Sridevi. The energetic and melancholy Pooja tugs at our heart and the older Pallavi exudes beauty, and we can see why the younger Kapoor falls for her. Hard.

The film was ahead of its time and didn’t perform well at the box office. But Lamhe is a diamond in the rough of a thousand failed romances made in Indian cinema. Do not miss!

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