: बावर्ची, Nastaliq
: باورچی, translation
: The Chef
) is a 1972 Indian film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
starring Rajesh Khanna
and Jaya Badhuri
, A.K. Hangal
, Usha Kiran
and Durga Khote
in supporting roles.
In Mukherjee's classic style, the film contains no violence or obscenities, and focuses on spreading family values and morals through clean comedy.
The movie is inspired by the Bengali Film Galpa Holeo Satyi
(1966) by Tapan Sinha
The story is centered around the squabbling Sharma family, headed by their eccentric Daduji (Harindranath Chattopadhyay
), which has a dubious reputation the inability to retain a cook for more than a few months due to their ill treatment of their servants. The family's disrepute spreads to such an extent that no person wants to be employed as a cook in their home, ironically named Shanti Niwas (abode of peace).
Then one day a young man named Raghu (Rajesh Khanna
) offers to work as a cook, and is hired. Raghu, however, lives up to this challenge & becomes the apple of the eye for every resident of Shanti Niwas. He even defuses the internal squabbles & re-unites the family. But is Raghu's slate clean, or there is more to his character?
The film starts by introduction of Shanti Niwas & its residents by Amitabh Bachchan
, who is the narrator here. He points out that Shanti Niwas is a pot of ironies: Even though its name means "Home of... Read More