Julie (1975 film)

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Julie
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Film poster
जूली
Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced by B. Nagi Reddi-Chakrapani
Written by Inder Raj Anand (dialogue)
Raj Baldev Raj (dialogue director)
Screenplay by Chakrapani (screen adaptation)
Starring Lakshmi
Vikram
Music by Rajesh Roshan
Cinematography Roy P. L.
Edited by M. S. Money
Distributed by Vijaya Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 18 April 1975 (1975-04-18)
Running time
145 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Julie is a 1975 Hindi film that stars Lakshmi in the title role paired opposite Vikram. It also stars Nadira, and Sridevi as a child star. The film became a box office hit.[1]

Julie was also a musical blockbuster hit, 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]

All music composed by Rajesh Roshan.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Dil Kya Kare" Anand Bakshi Kishore Kumar 6:32
2. "Yeh Raatein Nayi Purani" Anand Bakshi Lata Mangeshkar 5:30
3. "Bhool Gaya Sab Kuch" Anand Bakshi Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 4:52
4. "My Heart Is Beating" Harindranath Chattopadhyay Preeti Sagar 4:44
5. "Saancha Naam Tera" Anand Bakshi Asha Bhosale, Usha Mangeshkar 4:03
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"[6] 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

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