ⓘ Julie (1975 film)

                                     

ⓘ Julie (1975 film)

Julie is a 1975 Indian romantic drama film directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan and written by Chakrapani. The film stars Lakshmi in the title role. It also stars Vikram, Nadira, Rita Bhaduri, Om Prakash, Utpal Dutt and Sridevi. The film was a critical and commercial success.

Julie was also a musical blockbuster, with award-winning music by Rajesh Roshan which won him the Filmfare Award for the year. It had one of the first English language songs in an Indian film - "My Heart is Beating", sung by Preeti Sagar.

It is a rare Hindi film in that it features an Anglo-Indian family in the lead. It is a remake of a Malayalam hit film Chattakari 1974, which also starred Laxmi. She would star in yet another remake, the Telugu film Miss Julie Prema Katha 1975. She didnt act in the Kannada remake, Julie, released in 2006, which had Ramya in the title role as Julie and Dino Morea as the leading man. She also declined the role of Julies mother in the Malayalam remake titled Chattakari 2012, stating that she wanted the audiences to remember her as the young and beautiful Julie; the title role went to Shamna Kasim.In 1984 actress Urvashi portrayed the role of Julie in its Tamil remake Oh Maane Maane.

                                     

1. Plot

This film depicts the restrictive social conventions regarding inter-religion marriage and unwed motherhood in India. Julie Lakshmi is a Christian Anglo-Indian girl with a loving, but alcoholic, father Om Prakash, a dominating mother Nadira, a younger brother and sister Sridevi. She falls in love with her best friend, Usha Bhattacharyas Rita Bhaduri brother Shashi Bhattacharya Vikram Makandar, a Hindu boy. The lovers consummate their relationship, which leaves her pregnant. Shashi goes away to college, not knowing about her pregnancy. Her mother is distraught when Julie tells her about the pregnancy. They dont tell the rest of the family. Her mother thinks about getting Julie an abortion, but a devout Christian Sulochana talks her out of it. Julie is sent away to have her baby in secret. The rest of the family is told that Julie got a job. After the babys birth, Julies mother arranges for the child to be left in an orphanage, and demands that Julie return home and forget about the baby.

When Julie returns home, her father has died. She is now the primary earner in the family. Later, she runs into Shashi and tells him everything. He then asks to marry her, but his mother objects to the marriage as Julie is of a different faith. She blames Julie for seducing her son and having the baby. Julies mother doesnt want the union either, as it will be an inter-faith marriage, and she wants to return to England. However, the wisdom of Shashis father Utpal Dutt prevails as he confronts the mothers prejudices regarding caste and religion, and urges them both to accept their grandchild. The film ends with the mothers offering their full blessings to the young couple, and Julies mother promising her grandson she will "never leave him."

                                     

2. Cast

  • Rita Bhaduri as Usha Bhattacharya
  • Nadira as Margaret "Maggie", Julies mother
  • Vikram Makandar as Shashi Bhattacharya
  • Utpal Dutt as Mr. Bhattacharya, Usha and Shashis father
  • Lakshmi as Julie
  • Rajendra Nath as Rahim, Store Owner
  • Om Prakash as Morris, Julies father
  • Jalal Agha as Richard "Richie"
  • Sridevi as Irene, Julies younger sister
  • Sulochana as Ruby Aunty
                                     

3. Music

The films soundtrack won Rajesh Roshan his first Filmfare Award, for Best Music Director. Julie was one of the top three best-selling soundtrack albums of 1975, along with Sholay and Sanyasi. A remixed cover version of "Dil Kya Kare" sung by Shaan appeared in the 1996 album Dance Masti.

All music is composed by Rajesh Roshan.