Katha (1983 film)
|Directed by||Sai Paranjpye|
|Produced by||Suresh Jindal|
|Music by||Raj Kamal|
|Running time||141 min|
Katha (English: Story) (Hindi: कथा ) is a 1983 Hindi film by Sai Paranjpye featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval in the main roles. The film is about the daily lives of people living in a Mumbai chawl.
It was shot on location at Salunke Chawl near Churchgate. Jalal Agha and Sarika made guest appearances in the movie. Apparently, one of the principal characters, played by Faroukh Sheikh, was named Basu Bhatt after filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya. 
The film is loosely based on the classical Indian folktale of the hare and the tortoise, providing a modern interpretation of the same. Even though the good (tortoise) may win in the end, is it worth the wait?
The tortoise — Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) — is a middle-class clerk living in a chawl (middle-class apartment complex) in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Sabnis (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose his love for her, mainly due to his timidity. Rajaram is a very goodnatured and hardworking man. Most of his neighbors and colleagues take advantage of his goodness.
One day Rajaram's fast-tallking friend Bashudev (Farooq Shaikh) — the hare — comes for a visit and makes himself at home. Bashudev generally impresses people by his false success stories and his over-the-top attitude.
Bashudev starts wooing Sandhya, and she falls in love with him. He then joins Rajaram's company, Footprint Shoes, by impressing the owner, Mr. Dhindhoria, with false stories about his work experience and love of golf. He also starts flirting with Dhindhoria's beautiful wife Anuradha (Mallika Sarabhai) and daughter Jojo (Winnie Paranjape) at the same time.
In the chawl, the Sabnis family decides to get Sandhya married to Bashudev, much to the misery of Rajaram. But on the day of the engagement, Bashudev disappears after being caught red-handed, romancing Anuradha, by Jojo. The engagement is called off. Rajaram then offers to marry the devastated Sandhya, but she tells him that she has been very intimate with Bashudev and is perhaps pregnant. Rajaram shows his greatness by accepting her in spite of all this and expressing his long hidden love towards her.
- Naseeruddin Shah as Rajaram Purshottam Joshi
- Farooq Shaikh as Bashudev (Bashu) Bhatt
- Deepti Naval as Sandhya Sabnis
- Sudha Chopra as club singer
- Arun Joglekar as Bhau Sabnis (Sandhya's father)
- Winnie Paranjape Joglekar as Jojo a.k.a. Jaijaiwanti Dhindhoria
- Yatin Karyekar as Dancer
- Rita Rani Kaul as Rajaram's colleague
- Leela Mishra as Old granny ('dadi amma')
- Mallika Sarabhai as Anuradha Dhindhoria
- Jalal Agha as Himself
- Sarika as Herself
According to film expert Rajesh Subramanian, Sai Paranjpye was very annoyed with producer Basu Bhattacharya when the release of Sparsh got delayed. 3 years later when She made Katha, she purposely named Farooque Shaikh's character, which had negative shades, Basu Bhatt.
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- There’s a lot in a name: The names of characters in movies are often well thought out.. The Tribune, 27 April 2008. "Basu Bhattacharya who had earlier produced Sparsh (1980) for which Sai wielded the megaphone. A lot of bitterness was generated between Sai and Basu over the issue of the film's release."