Divya Bharati Scenes from Laadla

  1. Milind 12 years ago

    Tanqeed as of today is class apart,thanks to such posts that are a lovely departure from the usual BO stuffs that itself finds less prominence on tanqeed.Kudos Sputnik.

    BTW liked sreedevi in this role.bharti seemed a bit kiddish.

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      sputnik 12 years ago

      Thanks Milind.

      Yes Divya looks too young in that role. She does not look like the owner of a company – more like a bratty school girl. Sridevi acted very well in Laadla.

      Anil Kapoor did not act well in the movie IMO. I have seen the Telugu movie Gharana Mogudu too starring Chiranjeevi and Nagma too. Nagma was also good in it but Chiranjeevi was very good in it.

      Read on wikipedia that it is originally a Kannada movie starring Rajkumar. It was also remade in Tamil as Mannan with Rajnikanth.

      • Milind 12 years ago

        Anil has acted in quite a few remakes if south.

        Viraasat was copy of Thevar Magan..a Kamal Classic.

        Bulandi was copy of Nettamai,i presume.

        • Baba Ji 12 years ago

          sputnik,milind – I think laadla was a BO flop,it wud hv been hit with divya.she was raw star material like katrina 😀 her death was unfortunate for men.

          • Milind 12 years ago

            Unfortunate for men or you Babaji…. 😉

          • Baba Ji 12 years ago

            milind – bulandi was a sexist film.Anil says dialgues like “aurat ka farz hota hai ki woh pati ki sewa kare,waqt pe use khilaye-pilaye”. I was like WTF! But i liked rajnikanth part in the film.He was stylish as ever.

          • Milind 12 years ago


            If you see the dialogues in context of the setting of the film,they won’t seem sexist.What do you expect a Thakur of a village to speak? 😀

          • shetty 12 years ago

            Laadla was a hit

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          sputnik 12 years ago

          Virasat was not a copy. It was an official remake and yes Anil has starred in lot of south remakes. It may seem odd but I liked Anil in Virasat more than Kamal in Devar Magan. With Kamal his breakdown scene seemed cliched as he has done similar scenes in other movies.

          Now Beta has lot of scenes which have not aged well and seem cringe worthy now but it had a unique story of a son loving/worshiping his step mother back then. I think Anil, Madhuri and Aruna Irani were all excellent.

          Pukar was a decent/ok movie but Anil and Madhuri both gave excellent performances.

          Laadla was not a flop but it did not do that well. It was average.

          • Milind 12 years ago

            During the early 1990s, Kapoor’s career nosedived with all his films (Awaargi, Jamai Raja, Khel, Jigarwala, Heer Ranjha, Pratikaar, Apradhi, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Gurudev, Mr Azaad) bombing at the BO.

            Though Beta was a success, it was a Madhuri Dixit show all the way. He then staked his claim with Laadla, followed by an impressive performance in Viraasat.


          • Baba Ji 12 years ago

            yes virasat was very good.I like nayak too of anil.not seen meri jung.heard its good.

          • Milind 12 years ago

            Yuddh of Anil is also good.Think Shroff too is there.

            I like one movie of Anil a lot.That is No Entry.He made younger actors like Salman and Fardeen look so juvenile!

            Like Lamhe too.

            He was one of the very few actors who could don a imbecile,innocent,arrogant,tappori and serious look at the same time!

        • shetty 12 years ago

          Right from his first film (as a hero), Woh saat din, Most of Anil’s movies were remakes from south.

          Love Marriage, Saaheb, Kasam, Mohabbat, Pyaar kiya hai Pyaar kaareinge, Insaaf Ki Awaaz, Eeshwar, Rakhwala, Abhimanyu, Ghar Ho To Aisi, Jamairaja, Jigarwala, Benam Badhshah, Pratikar, Laadla, Beta, Andaaz, Mr Azad, Apradhi, Mr Bechaara, Loafer, Judaai, Virasat, Kabhi na Kabhui, Gharwali Baharwali, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Biwi No.1, Bulandi, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Nayak, Badhai O Badhai, Rishtey, No Entry …..Phew

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            sputnik 12 years ago

            Shetty Bhai,

            You just named every Anil Kapoor movie 😉

            Agree with you that most of Anil’s movies are south remakes.

            The problem with Anil’s acting in some of these movies was that he used to just copy the south Indian actor’s acting instead of trying to act in his own way.

          • aryan 12 years ago

            Salman will break Anil Kapoor’s record in remakes from South.

          • shetty 12 years ago


            I am big fan of Anil Kapoor from Andhar Bahaar days..I like his dedication. He gives his 100% to his movies… ..I like his performance whenever he is spontaneous, without resorting to method acting.

            My all time fav AK performance is Awaargi, Tezaab, Virasat, Pukar, MFM, Musafir and OJJ.

          • shetty 12 years ago

            Aryan, Salman has moved ahead…I think Akshay or Devgan will break Anil’s record. But no one can beat Jeetendra’s record

  2. Baba Ji 12 years ago

    Laadla seemed inspired by anils character in jamai raja.

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      sputnik 12 years ago

      Jamai Raja is also a south remake. It is a remake of 1989’s Telugu film Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu starring Chiranjeevi and Vijaya Shanti according to wiki. I have not seen Jamai Raja or the original.

  3. Milind 12 years ago

    Baba bhai,sorry for failing to contact via fb yesterday.Was in hospital.Still am.Catch you tomorrow.

    Jamai Raja was an awesome movie…liked it.Khel too was good till first half.Beta was a solid hit.Ram Lakhan was Anil’s in more ways than one.Mads and Anil rocked it at their prime.Pukaar was their last which also was decent.

    • Baba Ji 12 years ago

      its ok milind.I think khel was better than jamai raja,beta.But it was copied from some english film.

      • shetty 12 years ago

        Khel, I believe is lifted from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  4. Reddemon 12 years ago

    sputnik nice post. Thnx for posting dis.seems ua very passionate abt movies and bollywood. Like the thing dat u make research abt the things b4 posting them and olways cum up wid sum intresting and pleasant post. *respect*

  5. Serenzy 12 years ago

    Just saw Jamai Raja yestrday on Zee Cinema…It’s Exact Reverse of Beta but no match to Beta Acting/Song/Movie Wise.

    Some 3-4 Scenes r Truly Well Made…Rest the Movie Sux.

    Climax is HORRIBLE.

    At One Point, Anil even ‘Flirts’ with Hema Malini who plays his Mother-in-Law.

  6. Milind 12 years ago

    List of Divya’s uncompleted films

    Year Title Co-Star Replacement Box-office

    1993 Dhanwan Ajay Devgan Karisma Kapoor Average
    1994 Mohra Akshay Kumar Raveena Tandon SuperHit
    1994 Laadla Anil Kapoor Sridevi Hit
    1994 Vijaypath Ajay Devgan Tabu Hit
    1995 Andolan Govinda Mamta Kulkarni Average
    1995 Kartavya Sanjay Kapoor Juhi Chawla Flop
    1995 Angrakshak Sunny Deol Pooja Bhatt Flop
    1995 Hulchul Ajay Devgan Kajol Below Average
    1995 Kanyadaan Rishi Kapoor Manisha Koirala Stuck
    1993 Do Kadam Salman Khan – Movie never made
    1993 Parinaam Akshay Kumar – Movie Never Made
    1993 Chal Pe Chal Jackie Shroff – Movie Never Made
    1993 Bajrangi Sunny Deol – Movie Never Made
    1993 Tholi Muddhu Prashanth Rambha Hit

    • shetty 12 years ago

      Divya was out of Dhanwan before she died

      Divya was not considered for Vijaypath….Raveena was the first choice

  7. Milind 12 years ago

    The real masala films were what Anil/Sunny did in early 90’s.Full of idiotic dialoguebaazi and emotions and fights.Dabangg and BG and Singham are not Masala by any margin!

  8. Serenzy 12 years ago

    And btw,

    #respect Sputnik.

    • aryan 12 years ago

      Unique post excellent jawab nahin.
      I liked Anil Kapoor in Woh Saath Din, Chameli ki Shaadi, Saheb, Virasaat, Beta, Meri Jung.

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    sputnik 12 years ago

    Thanks for the compliments guys.


    Yes Anil gave a lot of flops in early 90s but I disagree with that Rediff analysis on Beta.

    I have seen Beta when it released. Yes Madhuri and Dhak Dhak were a big craze but the movie was also liked back then because of the unique story and performances by Anil, Madhuri and Aruna Irani. Raja came after HAHK and everyone called it a Madhuri show but it was not the case when Beta released. Anil had a role of a naive person who is first manipulated by his step mother and than by his wife but the climax was all his.

    Anil did a lot of movies with Jackie and he would usually steal the show (Ram Lakhan, Karma, Kala Bazaar) with the only exception of Parinda.

    I have liked him in lot of 80s movies and among the 90s movies I liked him only in Lamhe, Beta, Virasat and Pukaar. He was good in No Entry but Salman was also good in No Entry 😉 and Fardeen was not bad in it by his standards.

  10. fearlesssoul 12 years ago

    “Saath samandar paar my tere peeche peeche aagayi” what a song n what a film Vishwatma. I still remember we bought the v cassette of vishwatma n i use to watch that song every alternate day atleast for 3 months when i was in my fourth grade. n “Aisi deewangi” of deewana is another song tht was n is close to my heart only due to divys bharti. Felt extremly sad when i heard abt her death. Thanks for posting Sputnik… Purane zakhmon ko taaza kardiya tumne 🙁

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      sputnik 12 years ago

      Ha Ha. Watching Divya Bharathi in fourth grade? You were too fast 😉

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    sputnik 11 years ago

    Where Divya Bharati is Sridevi…On the Road between Iran and Us – Thanks to CilemaSnob for the link.

    ‘“Indian people are very emotional, no?” The young Iranian man sitting next to me, quizzed. I looked at him bemused, not quite sure what he meant. Discovering two girls from India occupying the seats next to his, on the flight to Tehran, he was full of questions and well-meaning advice. “You are coming to Isfahan? It’s very beautiful,” he sighed. “Tehran not good.Very dirty.Very polluted!”

    My friend started feigning inordinate interest in the flight’s Dutyfree magazine. I smiled politely, trying my best to match his good-natured curiosity. “Why do you think Indians are emotional?” I asked him, not wanting to commit to any idiosyncrasies of the lot back home, especially to an absolute stranger from another country. “Well… Iranian women, they always cry when they watch Indian movies… Bollywood… you know … Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi…” he trailed off. Whatever it is that I was expecting, it wasn’t discovering Bollywood in Tehran. Or in Tabriz.

    Flashback! Bombay – Two months earlier. I had just informed a few friends of my plan to travel to Iran. “Wow! That sounds crazy. Are you sure it’s safe?” a concerned friend quipped. Another friend was more vociferous about his unease, “I don’t think it’s a good idea at all! You will be banned from entering the US forever! What do you even know about the place?” To tell the truth, I knew very little of Iran when I decided to set off on an all-of-two-girls holiday. I knew it was embroiled in a ‘war’ of politics, over nuclear power, with the US and its cronies. I had recently heard of India distancing itself from the country, this, despite sharing cordial trade ties for many years. I remember reading somewhere; almost 20% of our crude imports come from Iran.

    I knew my Parsi friend could trace her ancestors back to Iran. I knew my partner- in- travel had fashionable Iranian friends whom she adored. And, I had seen the country come to life, sketched out in shades of black and white, in the works of Marjane Satrapi. And they never once hinted of a place that could be potentially dangerous for travellers. Conservative? Perhaps. But dangerous? I wasn’t sure. All I remember is feeling vaguely curious about a people caught between tradition and modernity, religion and progress, reading Lolita and quoting Hafez.

    We hadn’t really planned our trip to Iran – no itinerary, no hotel bookings, no visa applied-for in advance –basically, no clue of what to do after we landed at the Tehran airport. Heads covered, we watched and waited as a noisy bunch of exchange students stood in line at the Visa On Arrival (VOA) counter. Indians are one amongst the 60 odd nationalities who are given a two week VOA. But you still need a local sponsor to get past. We thankfully did have one.

    At the Passport Control, the officer suspiciously looked at the little black book of my wanderings. He took in the dal-stained leaves, the colourful mosaic of stamps from countries far and wide and then at an old picture of mine with short hair. I don’t think the locals could comprehend why two Indian girls had come to Iran on their own. The officer looked up at me, “You look white in the photo, but you are black! How?” I should have felt indignation. I should have taken offense. Truth is, all I felt was relief. Before I could stop myself, laughter bubbled out. More so, when I realised he was expecting a serious answer. “Photoshop? “ I gurgled. That was the moment I knew, I’d love Iran.

    Iran turned out to be an adventure. Not one out of a Paul Greengrass or Tony Scott movie. There were no bombs flying or military junta marching along the streets. In Tehran, the only head-rush we got was in a cab-ride across the city. Taxi drivers wheeling their Peugeots and Citreons – cars that remind you of the Premier Padminis that once plied Indian roads – can put a seasoned race-car driver to test.

    As we embarked on a 10 day road trip across the north-west of Iran, the travel plan that never was, had somehow fallen in place. During our journey across the Alborz mountains, the air-conditioned bus pulled over at what looked like an Iranian version of the Indian road-side dhaba. An Iranian woman who was having breakfast with her family, wanted to know where we were headed. Ramsar, the quaint little village by the Caspian Sea, was our destination. Next thing we knew, she was offering to put us up at her place. Talk about generosity!

    It happened again. At Ramsar, as we lugged our shopping for the day, our tired feet screamed for a taxi-ride to take the pressure off. When we finally got into one, the driver, Roshan, a strapping fifty year old Iranian seemed almost overjoyed to discover Indian clients. As he rattled off in Farsi on what seemed like a matter of some importance, we dug deep into our minds to process words that seemed familiar- raah(path) , darya(ocean), manzil(destination), chauraha(crossroad), savari(ride), azaad(free). As we got ready to pay Roshan for the cab-ride, he smiled and declined “No… no. It’s okay.” His khanum, he told us, had studied in India (in Pune) to be a doctor. Now I know that Pune has over 8000 Iranians studying at its various colleges. For Roshan, it was a simple deal. He was happy to meet people from India, a country that was good to his family.

    As we travelled along the Caspian coast, we came across many such people who were kind to us. Iranians genuinely seemed to have a soft spot for Indians. In many cases, as soon as they realised we were from Hindh, prices were slashed, gifts were doled out, and concessions were made. In a small restaurant in Meshkin Shahr, a pretty little town close to the Azerbaijan border, we had just polished off our plate of Kebabs. Farzad, the owner came up to us as we were leaving and handed us a huge melon – a gift for the Indians – brought from the holy city of Mashshad.

    I started to think how we share a lot of our quirks with Iranians. They love their families. They are curious, inquisitive, and sometimes downright meddlesome. They love to feed everyone and feed till people say, “No more please.” They want to know if you are married, why aren’t you married at 30 and then they want to help finding you a ‘good Iranian boy’. Iranian parents expect their kids to study engineering or medicine. The young dream of escaping to Europe or the US. We even discovered recipes that we have in common – almost. A modified version of Baigan Bharta (made out of roasted aubergines) can be found on the Iranian menu as Mirza Ghassemi.

    Most importantly, they also share our excessive love for Bollywood movies. By now, we had realised that Iranians love Amitabh Bachchan. At the busy town of Rasht, close to the Caspian Coast, we also discovered Iranians’ love for Hindi music. “I really very much love Jimmy Jimmy, Aaja Aaja…” gushed a young Iranian woman with dyed blonde hair, wearing a hijab. So, what if, young people have to abide by strict rules of public conduct – no exposing, no partying, no dancing, and no holding hands. That does not stop them from grooving to Bappida’s tunes and Mithunda’ moves from Disco Dancer, perhaps in the privacy of their homes or minds.

    The older generation, we discovered, wasn’t far behind. We were strolling along the paved streets of the Kandovan, a remote tourist village, tucked away in the north western corner of Iran, when we were accosted by a bearded man in his 40’s. He thrust his mobile phone at us and started rambling away, pointing at it. There was a faint tune playing – a familiar one. After a few unsuccessful attempts at trying to guess the tune, the Iranian, in frustration thrust the phone closer and said, “Lata Mangeshkar…!” Of course, we recognised the tune! Encouraged, he went on, “Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle…” Then pointing at himself, he said, “Bombay… Bollywood!” While Iranians love Hindi movies, they seem to be stuck in a time warp. Blissfully unaware of the newer lot, the latest blockbusters, they are happy living in times of the angry young man. At Tabriz, the fifth largest city in Iran and one of the country’s historic centres, we discovered that Bollywood is big business. At the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we came across many shops peddling the famous Iranian rugs. In many such hole-in-the-wall outfits, we noticed our Hindi movie actors – Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Divya Bharti – immortalized on two by two feet rugs.

    Two young women from Hindh sounded like perfect customers and warranted an impassioned sales pitch, “India nice country… You take this (rug) home? Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai… Sridevi… I give you good price.” We took pictures but declined politely. We hopped different shops but the pitch remained the same. However, something didn’t stick. They all referred to Divya Bharti, an actress long dead and gone, as Sridevi. Sure, she was known as Sridevi’s look-alike in the early 90’s. But she also made headlines for her mysterious death at a very young age.

    At one shop, I couldn’t help myself. When the young man warmed up, “Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai.. Sridevi…” I stopped him and pointed out, “That’s not Sridevi. That’s Divya Bharti.” His smile didn’t slip but confusion clouded his eyes. “No Sridevi… very famous actress.” I wasn’t backing down, “No. This is not Sridevi. It’s Divya Bharti. She is dead, no more.” Bewildered, he looked around for help but didn’t back down. “Sridevi.” He insisted. “Divya Bharti,” I shook my head. Crestfallen, he finally gave in and asked, “This is not Sridevi?” ‘


  12. Anmol 5 years ago

    Abhi koi jinda hai milind ya baba ji comment wale.🤣

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