Beta (film)

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Beta
Betafilm.jpg
Directed by Indra Kumar
Produced by Indra Kumar
Ashok Thakeria
Starring Anil Kapoor
Madhuri Dixit
Aruna Irani
Laxmikant Berde
Anupam Kher
Music by Anand-Milind
Edited by Hussain Burmawalla
Distributed by Maruti International
Release date(s) 23.3.1992
Running time 172 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Beta (Hindi: बेटा, Urdu: بیٹا, translation: Son) is a 1992 Hindi movie directed by Indra Kumar that featured the pairing of Madhuri Dixit with Anil Kapoor in lead roles. Sridevi was first offered the lead role but she refused the film due to the fact that she had done many films with Anil Kapoor prior to Beta. The film was a remake of Kannada film, Mallammana Pavada (1969), starring Rajkumar, and B. Saroja Devi. It was remade to Telugu as Abbaigaru, and again to Kannada as Annayya, starring Ravichandran and Madhubala. The film is perhaps best remembered for the hit track "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" which is the remake of maestro Ilaiyaraaja's composition "Abba Nee Teeyani Debba" from the Telugu film, Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari.

Beta won four Filmfare Awards including Best Actor (Kapoor), Best Actress (Madhuri Dixit), Best Playback Singer (Anuradha Paudwal for "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga") and Best Supporting Actress (Aruna Irani). It was declared a blockbuster and was the highest grossing film of 1992.[1]

Plot[edit]

Beta is the story of Raju (Anil Kapoor), the only child of a widowed multi-millionaire. Raju's father can provide him anything he wants, but Raju's only desire is to have a mother's love. To please him, his father gets married to Laxmi (Aruna Irani), thinking that she will take care of Raju. Raju becomes completely devoted to his stepmother, doing whatever she wishes. Laxmi keeps Raju uneducated, under the pretext that education would get her son a job working for other people, while she wants him to be self-employed. As he grows up, Raju's father is gradually isolated from the family and locked in a dark room of the family home, being labelled as mentally unstable.

Raju, meanwhile, meets Saraswati (Madhuri Dixit). Raju sees her being abducted and assaulted at a fair. After he saves her, the two fall in love. Raju marries Saraswati after everyone in the village believes that she is no longer chaste. Saraswati discovers that Laxmi's motherly love for Raju is fake and all that Laxmi is interested in is capturing Raju's wealth. She is horrified to find Raju's father being treated as a mentally ill patient. Only after speaking to him does she realise that the reason for Raju's naive nature and uneducated status is because his stepmother manipulated him so that she can take advantage of him. Laxmi has another son from the father who is being educated but seeks Raju's wealth which Laxmi intends for him to inherit. And thus begins a battle within the household between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law which involves Saraswati trying to outdo Laxmi.

Initially, Saraswati allows Raju's father to come out of his prison and insists that there is nothing wrong with him. She voices her concerns to Raju about his mother, resulting in Saraswati being slapped repeatedly around the house courtyard in front of all the family members. Saraswati is ready to leave but wisely decides to apologise to her mother-in-law, only to take an oath to protect her husband and her house from Laxmi's immoral intentions. This humiliation does not deter Saraswati who cleverly starts exposing Laxmi's every step in a dignified manner for the sake of her husband. She publically exposes the fact that Raju's younger step-brother has not received a degree in Medicine, rather that he has bought a fake one. She gives Laxmi a taste of her own medicine by causing her to slip which leads to an over-protective Raju to look after her and not allow her to do anything but lay down — scuppering any plans Laxmi intends to execute.

Upon discovering that Saraswati is pregnant, Laxmi decides that enough is enough and tries to kill her by mixing poison with saffron that Laxmi will mix with her milk. However, when Saraswati discovers this, she approaches Raju and tells him the truth once again. Raju refuses to believe her, even when she takes an oath upon her unborn child's life and decides to prove Saraswati wrong by offering to drink the poisoned milk himself. Only when Raju begins to cough up blood does he realise that Saraswati was telling the truth. He confronts his mother in his usual innocent manner and asks her why she had forsaken him; he tells her that, had she simply asked him for his wealth, he would have happily agreed to give her all he had. He tells Laxmi that his dying wish will be that he would request his mother to at least once with a clean heart to call him 'her son', so that he may die in peace. His words touch Laxmi deeply and she realises the cruelty that she has shown the only son who has ever loved her. There is a brief altercation between Laxmi and her real son who still wishes to procure Raju's wealth. Raju, in his deteriorating state, manages to save his mother from his step-brother.

The film concludes with Raju recovering, agreeing to give up his worldly possessions to his mother, and leaving home with his wife and father. At the last moment, Laxmi begs him not to leave, claiming to have learnt the error of her ways; she tears up the property papers and tells him that she does not want his wealth, all she wants is 'her son' and nothing more.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor in the evergreen hit song "Dhak Dhak"
# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal 05:20
2 "Koyal Se Teri Boli" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal 05:38
3 "Saiyan Ji Se Chupke" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal 07:30
4 "Sajna Main Teri" Anuradha Paudwal, Vipin Sachdeva 07:14
5 "Dhadkane Saansein Jawani" Pankaj Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal 05:20
6 "Yeh Do Dil Hain Chanchal" Babla Mehta, Anuradha Paudwal 06:52
7 "Bhool To Maa Se" Udit Narayan 02:17
8 "Kushiyon Ka Din Aaya Hai" Anuradha Paudwal 05:57

The music of the song "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" was a copy of Ilayaraja's super hit song "Abbanee teeyani debba" of the 1990 Telugu movie Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari starring Sridevi and Chiranjeevi which in 1991 was dubbed into Hindi as Aadmi Aur Apsara. The song "Koyal Se Teri Boli" was a copy of the Tamil song "Kondai Seval Koovum Neram" from the movie Enga Chinna Rasa by K. Bhagyaraj, with a similar storyline.

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The story line has been inspiration for movies and remakes in the Indian film industry.

Year Title Language Director Cast
Step-mother Son Wife
1969 Mallammana Pavaada Kannada Puttanna Kanagal Rajkumar B Sarojadevi
1979 Gauri Oriya Dhir Biswal Prashanta Nanda Mahasweta Ray
1981 Jyothi Hindi Pramod Chakravorty Shashikala Jeetendra Hema Malini
1987 Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil K. Bhagyaraj C. R. Saraswati K. Bhagyaraj Radha
1992 Beta Hindi Indra Kumar Aruna Irani Anil Kapoor Madhuri Dixit
1993 Abbaigaru Telugu E. V. V. Satyanarayana Jayachitra Venkatesh Meena
1993 Annayya Kannada Rajendra Singh Babu Aruna Irani V. Ravichandran Madhoo

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