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Baghban Review

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After 40 years of marriage, Raj and his wife settle down for retirement, but when their four grown-up sons shirk their filial duties, who's going to look after them?

★★★★

Ubiquitous Hindi film issues such as circumstance and sentiment are delicately encapsulated in Ravi Chopra's neatly-packaged but forlorn family drama, which attempts to reform one of Bollywood cinema's abandoned narratives. Such an age-old concept, therefore, has to work hard to win over a modern audience and Chopra's effort succeeds because of its rich emotional appeal.

After 40 years of marriage, Raj (Bachchan) and his wife (Malini) settle down for retirement, but when their four grown-up sons shirk their filial duties, who's going to look after them? Thanks to Chopra's unfussy direction and some mesmerising performances, this poignant effort truly blends a romantic story with moments of emotion and humour.

Baghban's exploration of family values and responsibility offers some interesting insights into Indian culture.