Awaara - Roshni Sheth Dr. Serge Bokobza FLL 303: History of...

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Roshni Sheth Dr. Serge Bokobza FLL 303: History of World Films I December 2, 2010 Awara Critical Film Review The film Awara is a 1951 black-and-white film written by K.A. Abbas. The film was released by Bollywood, the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai, India. Along with directing the film, Raj Kapoor starred as the lead role, along with actress Nargis as Rita, and Raj Kapoor’s real life father Prithviraj Kapoor as Judge Raghunath. The title of the film translates to “the tramp,” and Kapoor’s character has commonly been compared with Charlie Chaplin’s “tramp” character, which proves to be one of the most imitated characters of all time. The film often ranked as a must-see Bollywood film, and in 1953, it was nominated for the Grand Prize of the Festival as the Cannes Film Festival ( Awaara (1951)). This film begins in a courtroom as a man named Raj is on trial for murder. A female lawyer named Rita has decided to represent Raj, and a judge, named Judge Raghunath is on the stand being questioned by Rita. She asks the judge how and under what circumstances he had thrown out his wife many years ago, shifting the movie into a flashback. The film goes back about 20 years to Raghunath and his wife Leela. Leela is kidnapped by a group of thieves head by Jagga, a thief who Raghunath had previously put in jail. After a few days, Leela is released after Jagga realizes that Leela is expecting Raghunath’s child, so he cannot hurt her. Instead, once Leela returns home, several rumors are spread that the father of Leela’s child is not Raghunath, but actually one of the thieves. These rumors affect Raghunath so greatly that he throws Leela out of the house, which is exactly what Jagga wants to happen. Jagga wants to
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Sheth 2 prove that Raghunath’s idea that “the son of an honorable man will become an honorable man,
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