Dipen Guhawrote on Jul 29 2009 6:45PM
In "Deewar", Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) are sons of a trade unionist, Anand Verma, who, defeated by management, feels disgraced, abandons his family, and leaves Vijay to grow up acutely aware of, humiliated, and victimised by the calumny his father faced, while raised by his suffering single mother. A dockyard worker, Vijay's fighting spirits propel him to a top underworld position, even as Ravi, his brother, receives an education and becomes a dedicated police officer. Vijay resolves to abandon the underworld when his girlfriend declares, she is pregnant. But Vijay is delayed in his decision. His brother Ravi, who comes to know the dishonest dealings of his brother, is now up and doing to arrest him. At first he pursues Vijay to surrender, but the latter is reluctant. Meanwhile, Vijay's sweet-heart is killed by Vijay's enemy group. Vijay takes retaliation by killing them all. Ravi, in a hot pusuit, shoots Vijay, who at his moribund state, comes to his mother and succumbs. Ravi wins a police gallantry award and their mother's support, notwithstanding he deep attachment to Vijay.
Though the story-line is nothing new, but reflections of "Mother India" and "Ganga Jamuna" are much vivid, the screen-play and the art of story-telling have made the film a milestone in the Indian films. The image of "Angry Young Man" which had been planted in "Zanjeer" gained fruitation in "Deewar". Amitabh Bachchan has been given the tailor-made role. He has given one of his best performances. Shashi Kapoor, who has amazingly fitted the role of Amitabh's younger brother, has done justice to the portraiture. Nirupa Roy as the mother, has permormed her signature role. Parveen Babi and Nitu Singh have rendered their flawless supports.