Gol Maal (1979)

Apr 16, 2020
Gol Maal (1979)

Gol Maal is a 1979 comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and it was written by Rahi Masoom Raza and Sachin Bhowmick and it was produced by Mukherjee and N. C. Sippy’.

The Whole film was shot in 40 Working days, and it was released on 20 April 1979, the film was also remade in Tamil as Thillu Mullu, in Kannada as Aasegobba Meesegobba, in Malayalam as Simhavalan Menon, and in Sinhala as Rasa Rahasak.

David Dhawan’s 2002 film Chor Machaaye Shor had many scenes plagiarised from Gol Maal and 2012 film Bol Bachchan, directed by Rohit Shetty is loosely based on Gol Maal.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee first choice was Rekha but felt that he would be wasting a talented actress in a film where the hero was the mainstay. He replaced her with Bindya Goswami.

Story description: Ram (Amol Palekar) is an orphan who lives with his sister Ratna (Manju Singh) and needs a decent job after passing the C.A. exam, his maternal uncle – Kedar (David) directs him to an industrialist Bhavaani Shankar (Utpal Dutt) who is not only orthodox and old-fashioned but also a bit finicky. He does not like youths taking interests in extra-curricular things and has a special disliking for the clean-shaven males, Ram presents himself before him the way he wants his employee to be and soon wins his confidence through his sincere work too.

However the trouble starts with his being caught by Bhavaani Shankar while watching a Hockey match. Now to save his job, he creates the fake story of his vagabond look-alike twin brother – Lakshman. A new twist arrives with Bhavaani Shankar’s hiring Lakshman’s services to take music tuition of her daughter – Urmila (Bindiya Goswami). The young pair falls in love.  Ram had taken leave to watch the Hockey match under the excuse of his mother’s illness, now he has to create a fake mother also who is a theatre artist – Kamla Srivastava (Deena Pathak). Even worse, when she is caught by Bhavaani Shankar in a party, her fake twin sister is also to be created. And the climax comes when Bhavaani Shankar decides to marry his daughter to Ram but she is willing to marry Lakshman, The laughter-filled climax leads to the union of the lovers and clarity of everything before Bhavaani Shankar

The Movie won three Filmfare Awards Including Best Actor for Amol Palekar, Best Comedian Award Utpal Dutt and Best Lyrics Awards goes to Gulzar for the song of Aanewala Pal

R.D. Burman has composed admirable music for the movie with the lyrics being penned by Gulzaar. The title track, Ek Din Sapne Mein Dekha Sapna and Ek Baat Kahoon Jo Maano Tum are all good. However the best number is Kishore Kumar’s classic song – Aanewaala Pal Jaanewaala Hai.

The story based on the plot of fake identities and the lies spoken is not only full of laughs and entertaining sequences but also touches at several places through the human relations and sentiments among the middle class people.