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Trishul (1978)

Director: Yash Chopra

Writers: Javed Akhtar; Salim Khan

Keywords: Bollywood

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Amitabh Bachchan
11-Oct-1942   Top Hindi megastar, Zanjeer
Shashi Kapoor
18-Mar-1938 4-Dec-2017 Deewaar
Hema Malini
16-Oct-1948   Baabul


Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Jul-2006)

Trishul will be remembered as one more of those landmark films from Yash Chopra, who had earlier given us Deewaar with the same lead protagonist, and the same writer team (Salim-Javed). Like in Deewaar, we have the main protagonist (Amitabh Bachchan) playing a lonely, alienated and an angry young man. Only, in Deewaar it was against a system, and here its against his father. Trishul is backed by a powerful story. Sanjeev Kumar plays a young and upcoming construction engineer, in love with a middle class secratary played by Waheeda Rehman. However, when Sanjeev breaks this news to his mother, she is very upset. The reason being that she would rather have her son marry his boss's daughter, and thereby become a partner in the firm he works for. Given these two paths, Sanjeev choses the one that would lead him to riches, and thereby ditches his girl friend (who is also pregnant with his child). Waheeda leaves the city, gives birth to a son, and brings up the child under extreme hardship. The son grows up to be Amitabh, and Waheeda does not hide her past from him. On her death, Amitabh vows to avenge his mother, and heads for Delhi, where his father is now a very big construction magnate. The rest of the movie is about how Amitabh builds his own firm and competes with his father, eventually bringing about the retribution he had vowed to his mother. This movie is all about performances. And boy, does the cast deliver! Amitabh goes through his role with a panache that explains why he is the biggest superstar of Indian cinema. His smouldering intensity sets the screen ablaze, and this is truly among his best performances ever. Sanjeev Kumar as the father is the other pillar of this movie. He had always been established as a great actor, and he somehow managed to top some of the astounding performances he had given before. In fact, every moment Sanjeev and Amitabh appear together in Trishul is electrifying. Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini provide the lighter touches efficiently. Rakhee is perfect as the secratary. See this movie to understand what the Bachchan charisma was all about.

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