There are very few films in the Hindi film industry that can leave you mesmerized, and this timeless masterpiece by M. S. Sathyu is one of them. Originally released in 1974, Garm Hava is undoubtedly one of best films made in the history of Hindi cinema. With a National Award to its credit, the film was also sent as an official entry to the Academy Awards and features an ensemble of legendary actors such as Balraj Sahni, Shaukat Azmi, Gita Siddharth and Farooq Shaikh. Moreover, the well-defined characters and the authenticity of the screenplay make this digitally-restored edition visually appealing and intriguing.
The film beautifully weaves the story of a middle-class Muslim family within the political commotion that broke out after the separation of India and Pakistan. The plot centers around Salim Mirza (Balraj Sahni), an elderly man who struggles to sustain his shoe-making business, despite the communal unrest in his vicinity. He refuses to relocate to Pakistan with his family; which includes his wife (Shaukat Azmi), daughter Amina (Gita Siddharth) and youngest son Sikander (Farooq Shaikh). His brother and eldest son disagree with his policies and decide to part ways. However, Salim is adamant that his utmost faith in God will eventually set things right. Whether or not destiny will work in his favor forms the crux of this intense drama.
The film had already set a benchmark in its time, all thanks to its adept cast, brilliant plot and screenplay. It is fascinating to watch legendary actors like Balraj Sahni and Farooq Shaikh share screen space. The new edition has successfully restored the missing elements, making it hard to believe that the film is four decades old. However, there are certain glitches and editing issues that could have been avoided.
Why you should watch this film?
Garm Hava is a classic, timeless drama with a heartfelt story set after the Indo-Pak partition. The film has several prestigious awards to its name and an ensemble cast of legendary actors. A film that promises an intense plot, strong dialogues by the legendary Kaifi Azmi and stupendous performances, it is definitely a must-watch for all ages. So this weekend, treat your family to the digitally-restored edition of this classic masterpiece of 1974