A. Subba Rao’s 1971 film Rakhwala has two of India’s handsomest and accomplished actors: Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna, a beautiful heroine: Leena Chandravarkar, and an old hand at villainy Madan Puri.
It also has a story about past secrets, intrigue, murder, romance, and conflict. Unfortunately, the plotting is so shoddy with such glaring loopholes that it simply falls apart. It is a sorry waste of talent and pretty.
However, there is one scene that I found absolutely riveting.
Mephistopheles Vinod, the prime henchman of Madan Puri has seduced Rakesh Pandey, the younger brother of our hero, Dharmendra, from his hard-working, studious ways. The three men are having a good time
when party-pooper Dharam barges in…..
only to be ticked-off by Madan Puri who gives him a lesson in etiquettes: Shareef people do not come uninvited to somebody’s house, second they don’t start bashing people.
Dharmendra is in no mood for this. He doesn’t need a crash-course in ‘sharafat’ from Madan.
He drags his brother. Li’l brother refuses to budge. This is his money, if he wants to spend it on drinking, it is his wish.
The argument grows, Vinod watches…silently.
The haranguing continues….
Vinod is still silent…. watching all this through clouds of smoke.
Madan would not allow li’l brother to be bullied…
Vinod continues his silent, watchful stance….
Madan retires hurt….and the silent, sympathetic Vinod offers him a bracing drink.
And only when, it is all over…does he allow himself…. that smile….
I don’t know why I like this scene so much but Vinod offering that drink to Madan just screams cool.