Julie (1975 film)

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Julie
Julie 1975 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byK. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced byB. Nagi Reddi-Chakrapani
Written byInder Raj Anand (dialogue)
Raj Baldev Raj (dialogue director)
Screenplay byChakrapani (screen adaptation)
StarringLakshmi
Vikram
Music byRajesh Roshan
CinematographyRoy P. L.
Edited byM. S. Money
Distributed byVijaya Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 18 April 1975 (1975-04-18)
Running time
145 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

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 (in her first significant Hindi film role). The film was a critical and commercial success.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] She would star in yet another remake, the Telugu film Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). She didn't 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.[4] She also declined the role of Julie's 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.[5]

Plot[edit]

This film depicts the restrictive social conventions regarding inter-caste marriage and unwed motherhood in India. Julie (Laxmi) 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's (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 don't 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 baby's birth, Julie's 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. Julie's mother doesn't want the union either, as it will be an inter-faith marriage, and she wants to return to England. However, the wisdom of Shashi's 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 Julie's mother promising her grandson she will "never leave him."

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

The film's 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.[6] A remixed cover version of "Dil Kya Kare" sung by Shaan appeared in the 1996 album Dance Masti.[7]

All music composed by Rajesh Roshan.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Dil Kya Kare"Anand BakshiKishore Kumar6:32
2."Yeh Raatein Nayi Purani"Anand BakshiLata Mangeshkar 5:30
3."Bhool Gaya Sab Kuch"Anand BakshiKishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar4:52
4."My Heart Is Beating"Harindranath ChattopadhyayPreeti Sagar4:44
5."Saancha Naam Tera"Anand BakshiAsha Bhosale, Usha Mangeshkar4:03
6."Julie Falls In Love" (Instrumental) –  – 2:40

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1976 Lakshmi Filmfare Award for Best Actress Won
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for "Most Outstanding Work of the Year"[8] Won
Nadira Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Actress in Supporting Role Won
Rajesh Roshan Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Won
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Music Director Won
Preeti Sagar (for "My Heart is Beating") Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer Nominated
Anand Bakshi Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Lyricist Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.co.in/worth-their-weight-in-gold-70s/
  2. ^ "Songs of Julie". Pages.cs.wisc.edu. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  3. ^ "Friday Review Thiruvananthapuram : Timeless, ageless". The Hindu. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  4. ^ "Julie: A big disappointment". Ia.rediff.com. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  5. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/Lakshmi-wants-to-remain-as-Julie/articleshow/15420064.cms
  6. ^ "Music Hits 1970-1979". Box Office India. 5 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Dance Masti". Spotify. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  8. ^ "39th Annual BFJA Awards". BFJA. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-06.

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