It’s the anniversary of Mili! That sweet small Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie where Jaya and Amitabh displayed their amazing chemistry, and we all cried and cried. Oh, also, SPOILERS follow for all three movies, so don’t read on if you haven’t seen them.
Okay, here are our contenders!
Mili: Jaya Bachchan as a bright happy college student who starts a sweet romance with the new tenant in their building, the irritable scandal ridden rich boy who takes the penthouse. Just as they start to fall in love, the sickness that has always overshadowed her life gets worse until she isn’t strong enough to get out of bed. Amitabh keeps sending her flowers and little notes, she is terrified of him finding out the truth, but her father takes it open himself to warn her off. Amitabh decides to stay with her anyway, and proposes. He takes her off to Switzerland for a honeymoon where they will either find a cure, or have a few happy weeks together. The movie leaves it painfully open.
Anand: Rajesh Khanna is a cheerful young man introduced to his new doctor, Amitabh Bachchan, now that he has moved to a new city. He is aware he has a fatal illness and ready to follow along with Amitabh’s treatment. He is also ready to keep living life, cheerfully matchmaking Amitabh with the girl he likes, making friends with the nearby wrestling club, and so on. But he is hiding in his heart the reason he moved cities, to get away from his girlfriend and other loved ones who would be sad at his death, going into self-exile to save them.
Kal Ho Na Ho: Shahrukh is charming and sexy and happy, dances through life without a care, and then we learn he is dying. Not only is he dying, he is in love for the first time and trying to set up the woman he loves with another man so she will be happy. SO SAD!!!!
I’m gonna say Mili is the best! Jaya is so cute, and everyone around her is so sad, and Amitabh and her have this very sweet romance that survives all the obstacles in front of them.
What’s your vote?