While golfing, Malvika Talwar meets with handsome, U.S.-returned Avinash, both fall in love with each other, and shortly thereafter get married. The following year, Malvika gives birth to a boy, and they decide to name him Ansh. Then chaos and devastation enters Malvika’s life when Avinash gets killed in an automobile accident. Malvika resigns herself to a life of a widow, her sole motive for living appears to be to look after Ansh. She is shocked when her in-laws, Balraj, and Shobhana, ask her to re-marry. Will Malvika be able to remove Avinash from her heart and mind and marry someone else?
User Reviews: "Baabul" is an interesting movie…much like two entirely separate movies stuck together. The first portion is a very traditional Indian romance…with all the usual cliches, such as the singing montages, the normal meet cute and that she disliked him when they first met. While this was good…it was also incredibly familiar. However, the second portion, in its way, is anything but traditional…heck, it deliberately seeks to subvert traditions….and this is why I grew to eventually love this movie.
In the romantic portion, Avi (Salman Khan) is the beloved son of a rich man, Balraj (Amitabh Bachchan). Avi meets Mili (Rani Mukerji) and instantly is smitten with her. Not surprisingly, they eventually marry. During all this portion, there are hints to what is coming next (such as the aunt who is essentially kept a prisoner following her husband’s death). Yes, Avi is killed in an accident and Mili is inconsolable. While she has a son to raise, she is barely functional. And, throughout this, Balraj’s heart breaks. This is because although she is technically his daughter-in-law, he sees her like a daughter and would do anything to take away her pain. So, he formulates a plan…to find Rajat (John Abraham) and bring him back to court Mili and, hopefully, marry her and give her a reason to live.
While all this seems pretty reasonable for a non-Indian, there are Indian traditions that many follow that simply could not allow for Mili to remarry. For many, a widow is always a widow…..and her happiness should come from being a widow and staying at home and…well…existing. So how will Balraj deal with his family? His wife doesn’t want Mili to marry, as she’ll likely leave them…and take the grandchild with her. And, what about Balraj’s older brother? He’s extremely traditional and will not flex in the least. So what’s next?
The final portion of the film deserves an 11 out of 10…it is that good. The giant climactic scene where Balraj is confronted by his family (when they object to Mili’s remarriage) is simply brilliant and Bachchan is given a marvelous monolog…one that grips you by the heart and won’t let go. Overall, a marvelous film…one you should see with a box of Kleenex nearby!