ransacked its bag, only to reveal a blockbuster hit for this week's retro review - Beta. The movie portrays the journey of a son
who loves his stepmother to the extent that he almost loses his life. Love,
betrayal, jealousy, manipulation - all of these crafted the movie for what it
by Indra Kumar, the movie boasted of a critically acclaimed star-cast consisting of
the veteran actress and
dancer Madhuri Dixit Nene, the man whose name speaks
volumes Anil Kapoor, and the celebrated actress Aruna Irani in lead roles; while
Laxmikant Berde, Anupam Kher, Priya Arun, Kunika and Bharati Achrekar supported the protagonists ably.
film revolves around a young boy Raju (Anil Kapoor), who loses his
mother at a very
young age. His craving for love and care leads his father to marry and
home Laxmi (Aruna Irani), who acts as a mother to Raju. Unbeknownst to
Raju and his
father, Laxmi had her own reasons for the marriage - the greed of
her influence on Raju, Laxmi keeps him uneducated in contrast to the
she bore. A devoted Raju blindly follows his stepmother's instructions
until the day he falls in love and weds the educated and street smart
Saraswati (Madhuri Dixit). Over time, Saraswati
discovers the conspiracies set against Raju by his own stepmother, and
brings Laxmi's truth out in front of him. Raju, devastated by the truth
while on his deathbed, signs off all his property to his stepmother, and
is about to leave with his father and wife. By this time, however,
Laxmi has come to understand her erreoneous ways and begs for
forgiveness. The movie ends on a happy note as the family is united.
the film having a rather tried and tested theme of familial discord, the
actors' performances were powerful
enough for Kapoor and Dixit to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and
Actress respectively, while Aruna Irani won the Filmfare for Best
Actress. The music of the film was also critically acclaimed, and famed
singer Anuradha Paudwal won the Best Female Singer award for the
extremely popular song "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga".
- This was the highest grossing
movie of 1992.
- The film is constantly remembered
for one of Madhuri's all time hit track - "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga".
- The music of the song "Dhak Dhak
Karne Laga" is a copy of Ilayaraja's famous song "Abbanee Teeyani Debba" from
the Telugu movie Jagadeka Veerudu
Athiloka Sundari. Also, the song "Koyal Si Teri
Boli" was copied from the Tamil song "Kondai Seval Koovum Neram" from Enga Chinna Rasa.
- There are a few other movies with similar storylines - Mallammana Pavaada (1969)
in Kannada, Gauri (1979) in Oriya, Jyothi (1981) in Hindi, Enga Chinna Rasa (1987) in Tamil, Abbaigaru (1993) in Telugu and Annayya (1993) in Kannada.
We, at BollyCurry, definitely think the movie justifies its status of a blockbuster in every
sense. For all the Madhuri fans out there, if you haven't already been blown away by her acting prowess in the recent film Dedh Ishqiya, beware of the Diva's magic in her
upcoming flick, Gulaab Gang. Until next time, let us know what you think of the
aforementioned movie, and if you have any more interesting facts, feel free to drop a comment below!
Editors: Ritchelle C. and Gunia M.