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'Chashme Buddoor' (1981) review: It's cinematic nostalgia at its best

Rajeev Masand http://RajeevMasand

First published: April 5, 2013, 10:59 PM IST | Updated: April 5, 2013
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'Chashme Buddoor' (1981) review: It's cinematic nostalgia at its best
It's true what they say - they don't make them like they used to.

Cast: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani, Saeed Jaffrey

Director: Sai Paranjpye

If you've watched the original 'Chashme Buddoor', it's unlikely that you'll ever forget the characters of Omi and Jai (played by Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani), two slackers who constantly bum cigarettes from Lalan Miyaan (Saeed Jaffrey) and spend their time hatching elaborate plans to win the heart of the new girl in the neighbourhood.

In fact, even their messy bachelor pad, with those cutouts of voluptuous women pasted on the walls, is likely ingrained in your memory.

The charm of Sai Paranjpye's 'Chashme Buddoor' remains intact even today, 32 years since it first released in 1981. The original film's restored version opens at cinemas this weekend - alongside David Dhawan's remake - and shows you just why it's a comedy that never gets old.

Watch that charming scene in which two strangers make a connection over detergent powder and a bucket of soap bubbles. There was an honest simplicity in everything from the romance between Siddharth (Farooque Shaikh) and Neha (Deepti Naval), to Jai and Omi's attempts to split them up.

This is cinematic nostalgia at its best. It's true what they say - they don't make 'em like they used to.

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