Beta (film)

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Beta
बेटा
Betafilm.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Indra Kumar
Produced by Indra Kumar
Ashok Thakeria
Written by Kamlesh Pandey (dialogues)
Naushir Khatau[1]
Screenplay by Gyandev Agnihotri,
Rajiv Kaul,
Praful Parekh
Story by K. Bhagyaraj
Starring Anil Kapoor
Madhuri Dixit
Aruna Irani
Laxmikant Berde
Anupam Kher
Music by Anand-Milind
Cinematography Baba Azmi
Edited by Hussain Burmawalla
Production
company
Maruti International
Release date
  • 3 April 1992 (1992-04-03)
Running time
172 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Beta (Hindi: बेटा, translation: Son) is a 1992 Indian Hindi drama film, directed by Indra Kumar and written by Naushir Khatau and Kamlesh Pandey. It featured Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Aruna Irani in pivotal roles.

The movie is an official remake of 1987 Tamil movie Enga Chinna Rasa, whose story was inspired by the Kannada novel Mallammana Pavada, by B. Puttaswamayya, which incidentally had been adapted into a 1969 Kannada movie Mallammana Pavaada, with screenplay by Telugu director P. Pullaiah, based on his 1955 Telugu movie with similar story titled Ardhangi, which was based on Maddipatla Suri's Telugu translation of Bengali novel Swayamsidda, written by Manilal Banerjee. Swayamsiddha went on to be made into a 1975 Bengali movie of the same name.[2] Ardhangi was remade in Tamil as Pennin Perumai and in Hindi twice as Bahurani in 1963 and as Jyoti in 1981. Enga Chinna Rasa also went on to be remade in Kannada as Annayya, in Telugu as Abbaigaru and in Oriya as Santan (1998).

Beta was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1992. It won five Filmfare Awards. Kapoor and Dixit won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, respectively. Anuradha Paudwal won the Best Female Playback Singer Award for the item number "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga," while Saroj Khan won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography and Irani won the Best Supporting Actress award.[3]

The film became popular due to several reasons. Initially, actress Sridevi was offered the role of Saraswati. She refused because she had collaborated with Kapoor numerous times before. The item number "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" remains one of the most popular Hindi songs of the 20th-century, whose music was co-incidentally copied from hit Telegu song "Abbanee Teeyani" of the film Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990), starring Sridevi.

Plot[edit]

Beta is the story of how greediness overtakes family values, portrayed by Aruna Irani as Laxmi and Madhuri Dixit as Saraswati in key roles, followed by Raju (Anil Kapoor), as the only child of a widower multi-millionaire father.

After the death of his wife, the widower (Raju's father) looks for a woman who can provide his son a mother's love. Raju's father believes he can accomplish this for his son by marrying Laxmi (Aruna Irani), thinking that she will care for Raju as her natural son. Unfortunately, the step-mother is cruel and cunning. Even though Raju becomes devoted to his stepmother, with love and respect does whatever she asks of him - she cunningly convinces Raju that he should always remain naïve and uneducated. As Raju grows older, his stepmother increasingly isolates his aging father from the family, overpowering him and considering him mentally incompetent, locked up in a room of the family home.

Raju meets Saraswati (Madhuri Dixit) at a local fair, and after some dating they fall in love. Despite the villagers rumours that Saraswati is not chaste, Raju wishes to marry her. After the marriage, Saraswati lives in the extended family home as a good and happy wife, but later discovers that her stepmother-in-law's love for Raju is a ruse to discredit Raju's father and that Laxmi has the family fortune diverted to Raju's half-brother (greed for a family fortune). A battle of wits between the stepmother and the stepdaughter-in-law ensues.

Laxmi sees that her influence over the family is challenged by Saraswati, who insists that Raju's father leave behind his prison and return to the family circle as there is nothing wrong with him. Whenever Saraswati tries to draw the attention of Raju of the intentions of his step-mother, Laxmi starts to abuse and embarrass Saraswati with all the family members present.

Not being able to bear embarrassment any longer, Saraswati is ready to leave, but then, to protect her husband from Laxmi's evil intentions, she decides to apologise to her mother-in-law. Saraswati then cleverly starts exposing Laxmi's every effort and intention in a dignified manner so that her husband will not be offended.

For example; The medical school degree of Raju's step-brother was bought rather than earned through studies. Saraswati also plans for Laxmi to slip and fall and get a fracture which will force her to remain bed ridden, and Raju would serve her like a good "son". In this way, Laxmi never has a moment to plan her cunning schemes.

A few years later, Saraswati becoming pregnant, which prompts Laxmi to attempt to kill Raju's unborn child (who will inherit the wealth) with poison in saffron and milk. Saraswati, being wary and cautious of her mother in law's cruelty) discovers this scheme and informs her husband. Obviously, blinded by his mother, refuses to believe her accusations. Raju defends his step-mother and offers to prove that Saraswati is wrong by drinking the milk and then coughs up blood.

At this point, near death, Raju realises that indeed what Saraswati said is true about his step-mother's evil intentions. In his usual innocent manner, he asks the culprit the reason why, and told her that all she had to do (as his mother) was simply "ask" for the wealth — he would have happily agreed to give her all of it. He tells Laxmi that his wish to die in peace would be accomplished if she, to at least once without malice, call him "her son". His words so deeply touch Laxmi that she realises her cruelty has gone too far.

The film concludes with Raju slowly recovering, agreeing to give to his "step mother" his worldly possessions, and leaving home with his wife and father and unborn child. At the last moment, Laxmi begs him not to leave and to prove her remorse she tears-up the legal papers and tells him that all she wants is nothing more than "her son".

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

All songs sung by Anuradha Paudwal with male Co-singers The soundtrack of Beta was the second best selling album of the year.[4] Anand-Milind were nominated in the Filmfare, Best Music Directors category, but lost out to Nadeem-Shravan for Deewana. Anuradha Paudwal won her third consecutive Filmfare award for Best Female playback singer. Music directors Dilip Sen–Sameer Sen, Amar-Utpal and Naresh Sharma's compositions are included in the album but not in the film, nor are they credited in the film titles. Audio is available on T-Series.

# Title Singer(s) Length Distinction(s)
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 Music by Dilip Sen – Sameer Sen and lyrics by Dilip Tahir.
6 "Yeh Do Dil Hain Chanchal" Babla Mehta, Anuradha Paudwal 06:52 Music by Amar-Utpal and lyrics by Naqsh Lyallpuri.
7 "Bhool To Maa Se" Udit Narayan 02:17
8 "Kushiyon Ka Din Aaya Hai" Anuradha Paudwal 05:57
9 "Kitna Pyara Yeh Chehra" Anuradha Paudwal, Indrajeet 04:40 Music by Naresh Sharma and lyrics by Dev Kohli.
10 "Nach Mudiya" Anuradha Paudwal, Vipin Sachdeva 06:48 Music by Naresh Sharma and lyrics by Dev Kohli.

Awards[edit]

38th Filmfare Awards

Won

Nominated

Other versions[edit]

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

Year Title Language Director Cast
Step-mother Son Wife
1955 Ardhangi Telugu P. Pullaiah Santha Kumari Akkineni Nageswara Rao Savitri
1956 Pennin Perumai Tamil P. Pullaiah Santha Kumari Sivaji Ganesan Savitri
1963 Bahurani Hindi T. Prakash Rao Lalita Pawar Guru Dutt Mala Sinha
1969 Mallammana Pavaada Kannada Puttanna Kanagal Advani Lakshmi Devi Rajkumar B Sarojadevi
1975 Swayamsiddha Bengali Sushil Mukherjee Ranjit Mallick Mithu Mukherjee
1981 Jyothi Hindi Pramod Chakravorty Shashikala Jeetendra Hema Malini
1987 Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil K. Bhagyaraj C. R. Saraswathy 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 D. Rajendra Babu Aruna Irani V. Ravichandran Madhoo
1998 Santan Oriya Snigdha Mohanty Siddhanta Mahapatra Rachana Banerjee

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