"Aar Paar (Across the Heart)"
Directed by Guru Dutt
Crime film elements, melodrama
and the expected musical numbers are all worked seamlessly into this
feature, one of the key films in the short but influential career of Guru
Dutt. Dutt directs and stars in this story of a taxi driver who is fired
from his job and becomes involved with a planned bank robbery. "Within its
conventional framework of a light-hearted, entertaining film, Aar Paar
was different...it brought with it a whiff of rebellion, a cheeky
assertion of the existence of the post-independence worker, with different
aspirations and the aggressive self-confidence of a new generation" (Shampa
Banerjee, Film India). Hindi with English subtitles.