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Gulzar's MAUSAM (1975), its inspiration and Yash Chopra's LAMHE (1991)
25 Apr, 2011 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / M

Gulzar’s sensitive yet bold venture “Mausam” featuring Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore in the lead was loosely based on A. J. Cronin’s 1961 novel, THE JUDAS TREE. In the novel too there is a doctor who first leaves the girl he loves and later comes back after many years and meets her daughter. And then an emotional journey between the two starts off from a different note altogether.

However recently when I watched MAUSAM once again, then I just remembered Yash Chopra’s LAMHE while witnessing few scenes when Sanjeev Kumar meets Sharmila Tagore once again after so many years and is surprised to see that she perfectly looks like her mother (Sharmila Tagore was in a double role in the movie).
Though it might not be a straight source of inspiration but still I felt that the theme or concept of LAMHE was quite close to that of MAUSAM. In both the movies the hero first does not get married to his lady love, due to different circumstances & the lady dies. Later after many years, the man meets the daughter of the lady, who looks exactly similar to her mother and reminds the hero of his mistake he had made in the past of not taking an initiative. And then both the movies end at a positive note wherein Sanjeev Kumar accepts the girl as his daughter and Anil Kapoor decides to marry her despite of their big age difference.
I don’t know whether all the friends reading this observation, would agree to it or not. But for me, it was indeed a very interesting similarity between the two masterpieces of Indian Cinema directed by two genius directors.

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25 Apr 2011 / Comment ( 2 )
Sujit Kr Sen
Yes.. I do agree to ur view of thinking Many years ago I saw Lamhe when I was in school life and recently I saw mausam.. There is very much similarity.
Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Sujit Kr Sen for agreeing to my honest viewpoint.
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